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The dog park

9 May 2014

The proposed dog park on the corner of Searle Street and McLennan Avenue will be a valuable asset to our city and is in response to what residents have asked for.

The dog park

The proposed dog park on the corner of Searle Street and McLennan Avenue will be a valuable asset to our city and is in response to what residents have asked for.

The impetus for the establishment of the dog park follows an extensive community engagement process. A survey was conducted as part of the process, with nearly 80% of respondents stating they would like to see a fenced dog park at this site, which would include additional infrastructure such as seats, shade structures, a better fence, landscaping and access provisions. These cost money.

I appreciate that the $150,000 allocated to this development may, at first glance, seem to be more than some might expect. We did our homework and established a budget based on what it has cost other councils in South Australia to development such a facility. This is what it will cost to develop the site properly, in accordance with legislation and to a standard that will add value to the livability and attractiveness of our city.

We are about to embark on a community engagement process to finalise the design and features of the park. We are considering a variety of activity opportunities for the dogs, including facilities for both small and large dogs. These include:

  • Ramps, hoops, jumps, logs and tunnels
  • Markers to assist with obedience training
  • Wet areas with drinking bowls
  • Bins and dog waste bag locations
  • Open lawn areas for running and ball games
  • Pathways
  • Grass mounds
  • Lighting at entries
  • Parking on McLennan Avenue and Searle Street
  • Shelters with tables and chairs
  • Shade trees
  • Robust planting beds
  • Designated on and off-leash zones
  • Signage - Behavioral advice and Council information

The design will also consider the importance of access and connection to Civic Park and the surrounding residential areas.

This facility will add value our city and enhance our appeal as a tourist destination. Our residents deserve access to beautifully designed and managed green spaces that add value to our city and our quality of life.

I encourage Whyalla residents to come forward, share their design ideas with us and have their say. A draft design will be issued for public consultation in due course and there will be an open forum at a convenient location for the community to provide feedback to the designers and council staff.


 

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