A new dog park is set for beneath Golden Ears Bridge. (THE NEWS/files)

A new dog park is set for beneath Golden Ears Bridge. (THE NEWS/files)

Maple Ridge looking at new off-leash dog area beneath Golden Ears Bridge

TransLink has agreed to lease 1.2 acres in Hammond for $1

Dog lovers will have another place to let Fido and Fifi run free, thanks to TransLink allowing a big chunk of its property beneath the Golden Ears Bridge to go to the dogs.

Maple Ridge council Tuesday looked at a lease agreement that would allow the city to use the parcel, near Wharf Street in Hammond, as an off-leash area for five years, renewable for three terms, for $1.

The cost to the city will ring in at about $60,000 to put up wire farm fences, gates and parking around the property which is about 1.2 acres.

A staff report says the city had been looking for more spots for off-leash areas, particularly after Tolmie Park was ruled out following residents’ objections.

Staff started looking at other sites when a resident suggested that the property beneath the Golden Ears Bridge, be converted into an off-leash area. City staff made the proposal to TransLink, which agreed to the idea.

There currently are now four off-leash areas in Maple Ridge, in Jerry Sulina Park, along the Alouette River, Albion fairgrounds, Westview and Upper Maple Ridge Park.

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