Posted by: HamptonIona | June 30, 2012

Hampton Park – Off Leash Dogs

The Hampton Iona Community Group has received the following notice from the NCC regarding Hampton Park.

Some Hampton Park users may have noticed an increased presence of NCC Conservation Officers (COs) visiting the park. As mentioned in my correspondence on March 8th, 2012 (previously posted), the NCC has been receiving complaints that dog owners are allowing their dogs to be off-leash in the on-leash areas of the park. The safety and security of all of our park users is very important to us. Over the past few weeks, COs have been reminding park users about the Animal Regulations and answering any questions that they may have. In the near future, COs will be issuing warnings and tickets to people that choose not to abide by these regulations.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please to not hesitate to contact us at:

Client Services — Contact Centre
National Capital Commission
202–40 Elgin Street
Ottawa ON K1P 1C7
Telephone: 613-239-5000 or 1-800-465-1867 (toll-free)
TTY: 613-239-5090 or 1-866-661-3530 (toll-free)
Fax: 613-239-5063

For more detailed information about the NCC Animal Regulations, please click here.

I thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding. Please feel free to share this information with your communities and networks.

Emily Keogh
Public and Community Relations / Relations publiques et communautaires
National Capital Commission / Commission de la capitale nationale



  1. Oh, thank goodness for this. While some owners do seem to abide by the rules, there are many crazy dogs off leash, tearing around, fighting with other dogs, chasing kids and cyclists….it can be quite frightening. My family avoids that park for this reason. Such a shame as it is so beautiful.

  2. yes, i’ve seen ” crazy dogs” there too. One chased me up a tree, barking all the way…it tried to eat me!. Then it HIJACKED a child on a bicycle and rode its bike away. It must have been trained to ride a bike….because i’ve never seen that before! Everyone i know avoids this park now because it JUST PLAIN DANGEROUS! The dogs might just as well have guns.

  3. wanna see something really messed up?

    the Cops in Quebed shooting an unarmed cow. Unbelievable!

  4. This is terrible. I often bring my children to Hampton park because they love to watch the dogs play (my daughter is allergic so we can’t have our own).

    The park is now a lot more empty, and the only smile I saw last week was on a smug self-satisfied old women talking to an ncc officer. This community just got a lot more dour.

  5. Maybe that is what the bullet-proof-vested NCC “cops” will have to do to some of those dangerous off-leash dogs – and, perhaps, their owners too if they don’t comply with the NCCs rules.

    I personally thank goodness everyday that walkers are finally being told that their dogs can’t be on extendable leashes. What a relief! It makes so much more sense for dogs to constantly be 6 feet away from their owners. Phew! Now my mind can rest.

    Also, I feel much more secure now that my neighbour and his 3 dogs (even though they are on leash) are no longer allowed to roam the paths of Hampton Park. What a terrifying sight that was to see a man in control of 3 dogs (I still shudder at the image).

    I am also truly grateful to the people/fake cops/individual who keeps removing the plastic water dish from the drinking fountain. We must keep the park as unfriendly to dogs and dog owners as possible. With fewer dogs and walkers in the park, finally the drug addicts and drunks will be able to reclaim their rightful spots in the park. What a relief that will be. It must wonderful for all of those frightened by the dogs to finally be able to pick their way through the broken beer bottles, needles and the drug users. I am so glad for the kiddies that they no longer have to see dogs playing and frolicking and that they can instead see the delights of drug paraphernalia scattered through the trees and the gravel paths.

    I am also relieved that those speedsters on bikes will now have full ability to race through the gravel paths at top speed. That will no doubt lead to the fun game for the children of bike-dodging. What fun!! It is especially great as their are no lines, pavement, speed limits posted on this walking path for the bikes so they can – finally- have the freedom and the room to dominate the gravel paths, and the forest.

    Thank goodness my tax dollars are going to supervising the dreaded off-leash dogs. It warms my heart to know that the NCC will be making even more money from those hefty fines. This is truly large government at its finest. They are finally listening to those who want a near-vacant park, ready and awaiting the return of the druggies and drunks. Ahh – sweet relief! Now the children can enjoy the fruits of their parents’ labours!

  6. There seem to be some strong opinions here (or is it the same person posting three times?), and lots of sarcasm too. But before anyone get toooooo excited, it is worth pointing out that there is (hooray!) an off-leash area at the park. Yes, it’s true! It is up by the baseball diamonds. A huge area, fit for frolicking and dog watching and whatever else people want to do. It may just tack on another 5 minutes to your walk (or 30 seconds to your drive – there is a big parking lot right next to it)to get there, but so what. Not the end of the world.

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