Dog owners want area upgraded

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YVONNE O’HARA

yvonne.ohara@alliedpress.co.nz

Dog owner Crystal Currie, of Springvale, wants to hear from dog owners in the district as she is seeking support to have a former horse paddock, which is designated as a dog exercise area in Clyde, upgraded, maintained and included in the district’s long-term plan.

Ms Currie is one of several dog owners who would like to have the park enhanced and regularly maintained by the Central Otago District Council and is asking people to respond to a survey on her Clyde Fenced Dog Park Facebook page.

The area is managed by the Clyde Recreation Reserve Committee.

“I want people to have their say, either for or against the dog park,” Ms Currie said.

“This started when I was at Puppy Preschool and the subject of a dog park was brought up.

“We thought there wasn’t one in Central Otago and surely there must be a place that would be appropriate [to have one].

“I made it my mission to go out to try to see if we could make it happen.”

She initially made a formal request to the council to find out if such a thing existed and was told there was not.

Ms Currie identified several possible sites where one could be established, and approached the Vincent Community Board with her research and asked if an area could be set aside for the park.

“They then told me there was a designated 3ha dog park between Dunstan Hospital and the Clyde golf course, but it was not particularly well fenced, although it is fine for larger dogs.”

She and fellow dog owners are keen to see the site upgraded to include a “double airlock” gate system, better fencing for smaller dogs, a water fountain, regular maintenance and a bigger car parking area.

“I have talked to the Alexandra Men’s Shed and they have agreed to build an agility course.”

Fellow dog owner Marianne Maslin, of Alexandra, said she would like to see more shade, seating, a doggy-do bag dispenser and a rubbish bin.

She and her dog, Ivy, used the paddock most days of the week and she would like to see some of the rubbish and weeds removed.

“This is a great space,” she said.

“It is also important for dogs’ socialising.”

Ms Currie has been invited to attend the council’s long-term plan meeting on June 6 to make her concerns known and intends to take along responses from the survey as evidence of the need for an upgraded site for dogs.

“We need to know what the community feels about it,” she said.