Four new dog sculptures were designed and installed in memory of the pets that are no longer with us due to thin ice and high water levels in Edmonton’s parks.
You can see a sculpture for yourself if you visit Terwillegar, Buena Vista Park, Hermitage Park or Jackie Parker Park off-leash areas. The sculptures serve as a reminder for pet owners to keep their dog off the ice covering frozen bodies of water in off-leash areas.
Amanda Brown, Parks Program Coordinator for the City’s off-leash areas, shared the reasoning and importance behind these sculptures: “It’s really important for people to be aware that although these frozen water bodies seem secure, it’s deceiving how thick the ice can be.”
Parks Program Coordinators, Edmonton Fire Rescue Services, Park Rangers, Animal Care and Control, and volunteers with the Off-Leash Ambassador Program came together to make this project possible.
As these sculptures are part of a larger Pet Ice Safety Campaign, the City encourages all residents to practice the following pet ice safety tips:
Buena Vista Park, Hermitage Park, Jackie Parker Park, and Terwillegar Park were selected for the sculpture installations because each provides direct access to a body of water, the North Saskatchewan River, a stormwater facility, or a combination of each.
Be sure to check out a sculpture the next time you visit one of these off-leash areas and remember: keep your furry friends close!
For more information on pet ice safety, visit edmonton.ca/gooddog.