A new security gate in downtown Ottawa is expected to ease congestion at Canada Gate for dogs.
The gate was inaugurated by the Government of Canada in late January and opened to the public on Feb. 4.
The fence was installed to help ease congestion in the parking lot at the new Canada gate, which will connect to the Royal Canadian Legion’s convention centre.
“We’ve got an opportunity to have a great, safe space for people to come and visit, go for a walk, to have some fun, have some socializing with their pets,” said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.
Watson said that although the fence will not provide any additional security for visitors, the new security gates are expected to help alleviate some of the congestion on the main Ottawa street.
Ottawa MayorJim Watson says the new gates will help ease traffic at Canada gates in the city centre.
The new Canada gates, which were inaugurated in late Jan. at the Canada Gate.
(CBC) “There’s a lot of parking and people will be able to walk across the street and walk to the Canada gate.
That’s good for the people that live along the main road,” Watson said.
He said the new barriers will not affect the number of vehicles allowed to use the streets.
“But we will continue to work on that, because it’s important to keep the public safe,” Watson added.
The city has been debating how best to address the growing number of dog-friendly buildings in the downtown area.
Watson noted that Ottawa was one of only three Canadian cities with a “dog-friendly” status.
Ottawa is the fourth Canadian city to have its own “dog friendly” designation.
It was created in 2006, but only has one “dog walker” on the street.
Watson also noted that the new fences will not increase the amount of space on the ground for people with mobility issues.
“There is still some space for cars, and I think people will continue, we’ll work with our neighbours to see if we can have some space that we can use to create a little bit of space for mobility for people that need that space,” Watson told CBC News.
“And I think the main priority will be for us to keep that space open and have it be accessible.”