Warning dog owners - be careful letting your dogs off leash where they were previously allowed !
Just before I got there, I passed by several City of Toronto cars who were parked at the top, all of them apparently staring at their phones. I had no idea what there was doing and specifically that I was no longer allowed to let my dog off leash here any longer. If I did I certainly wouldn't have let the dog off having seen bylaw officers ! When this was explained to me, I expected to get a warning, but I got the full $880 along with another poor gentleman who had driven to the park precisely to give his dog a run.
To be clear - there are NO signs indicating that dogs are no longer allowed off leash. There are signs saying that "amenities" are closed, including playgrounds, etc. Apparently, the right to let a dog off leash is considered an amenity. I had heard that some off leash parks had been closed but I had understood this was the smaller, fenced off ones that exist purely for dogs to be let off leash, and where large numbers of owners were congregating. Again, this area is hundreds of acres and at the time (8 PM) there were maybe a dozen people in the entire space.
Interestingly, all the officers were parked at the top of the hill and ticketed only the two of us that were there. At the time we were ticketed, there were at least three other dogs running free at the bottom of the park. I guess it was too cold for them to drag themselves down the hill and pursue these very dangerous offenders.
I am beyond angry and emailed my city councillor. I plan to fight it, just to point out the irony of having people go to the post office to mail a plea and then show up in court in person when social distancing is supposed to be happening.