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Park Safety

The City of Burnaby is dedicated to creating a safe, law-abiding environment for all citizens and visitors. Likewise, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services ensures these same principles apply in the city’s parks and recreation facilities.

Park Safety

Parks Patrol

Committed to safe and secure parks, our parks patrol is on guard for you. Working together with local RCMP officers when needed, our officers deal with bylaw compliance such as dog off-leash issues as well as rowdy park users, the illegal use of sports fields, vandalism and other troublesome matters that arise periodically.

Violation of the bylaws carry a minimum fine of $100. To report violations during office hours, call Burnaby Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services at 604-294-7206.

Burnaby SPCA officers also patrol our parks and are licensed to enforce bylaws.

Personal Safety Tips

  • A walk in a park or along a nature trail is a wonderful way to get away from the bustle of city life, but it doesn't mean leaving your "street smarts" behind.  Here are some tips to help everyone have a safe and relaxing walk, jog or hike through Burnaby's amazing system of parks and trails
  • Before you set out for your walk, let someone know where you're going and how long you'll be
  • Pick a route that goes through open, well-lit areas so you can see who is ahead of you and behind you. Avoid dark, secluded short cuts through forested areas, If you'd like to explore a more isolated trail, go with a friend. When you can, walk with or near others along the trail
  • Relax and enjoy your walk, but try to stay aware of your surroundings so you'll know if anything unusual is going on. If you fell uncomfortable about a situation, pay attention to that feeling and leave the area
  • Wear comfortable shoes that you can easily run in
  • Leave your valuables at home. If they're with you or in your car, you're just giving a thief a tempting target. If you need to bring them, put them in a fanny pack or inside pocket out of sight
  • If you think you're being followed, leave the area and go to the nearest house or business
  • Carry a whistle, alarm or other personal safety device. It gives you a sense of security and can draw attention if you find yourself in trouble
  • Leave your personal stereo and headphones at home. You'll be able to hear the sounds of the birds and the wind in the trees, and you'll also be safer hearing and seeing everything that's going on around you
  • When you have children with you, make sure you can see them at all times. Always accompany children into public washrooms
  • Does something or someone seem suspicious to you?
    Report it to the police or park employees.
    Emergencies: 911; non-emergencies: 604-294-7922

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