Shire dogs now have something to wag about: there's a new off-leash park at Kelly Reserve. After three months of construction the brand-new dog park opened to the public today.
Parkes Shire Council's Presentation Technical Officer, Tim Gillogly said the park was established as part of Council's commitment to urban animal management.
"This park will provide a safe and secure space for responsible owners to exercise and socialise their dogs," Mr Gillogly said.
"Off-leash parks have a range of benefits, and provide social opportunities for both dogs and owners, and Council is continuing to deliver improvements to our town for all of our residents," Mr Gillogly continued.
The new off leash dog park is fully fenced, meaning playful pooches can run with the pack without risk of running into trouble such as traffic or playgrounds. The dog park includes a general exercise area, as well as a separate agility yard with permanent fixtures, which will encourage canines to exercise both body and mind. The entry is double gated to prevent accidental escapes.
There is new turf, plenty of shade, and even bench seating for owners who might not have as much energy to burn. A pooch drinking bowl post was installed so dogs can keep hydrated. The park is also fitted with bag dispensers, so owners can easily clean up after their dogs.
Councillor Bill Jayet brought his companions Poppy and Banjo to test out the new facility and enjoy some off-leash adventures with their friends.
"This really is a fabulous project," Cr Jayet said. "There has been strong community demand for a fully fenced dog park, and this is better than anyone could have imagined."
"The off-leash park will give residents the opportunity to exercise their dogs without fear of being harassed by roaming dogs." Cr Jayet said.
Dog owners using the new facilities are expected to take the lead with responsible ownership.
Dogs must be vaccinated, wormed, de-sexed and registered before being taken to the park. Always bring a leash, monitor your dog's behaviour, and never leave dogs unattended. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. Dog waste must be removed by the owner. Aggressive or anti-social dogs should not be taken to the off-leash dog park.