West Vancouverites seem to be losing interest in taking their dogs out for a walk, if you believe the findings of the latest park survey commissioned by the District of West Vancouver. The district commissioned the Mustel Group to conduct a park survey, which contacted a representative sample of 501 West Vancouver residents aged 18 and older in November last year. The district has done similar surveys in the past.
In 2011, as many 44 per cent of respondents said they took their dogs out for a walk. In 2017, that number fell to 33 per cent. Citizens also don’t seem to enjoy running and jogging and bird watching as much as they used to. Compared to 2011, however, more locals say they are enjoying swimming in the ocean as well as kayaking and canoeing. Leisurely walk was one of the top recreation activities which West Vancouverites enjoy, followed closely by going to the beach. The number of those who say they go out for hiking or trail walking is also on the rise. The survey also revealed that people are largely satisfied with the upkeep of parks and other facilities by the district.
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