Dog park gets go ahead

Comment News (Gosnells) - - Comment - Ben Smith

THE City of Gos­nells has ap­proved the con­struc­tion of an en­closed dog park at Har­mony Fields in Madding­ton.

The coun­cil de­cided unan­i­mously to be­gin con­struc­tion of two sep­a­rate en­clo­sures at the park which will be fenced off from the rest of the oval.

The dog park will have a dual gate en­try sys­tem, agility features, wa­ter­ing points, shade and a range of sur­faces.

Con­struc­tion will start in Septem­ber and is ex­pected to cost $329,105. The City hopes to open the park be­fore the end of the year.

Gos­nells Mayor Ol­wen Searle said if the park proved suc­cess­ful, the coun­cil would con­sider an ad­di­tional dog park.

Many coun­cil­lors were ea­ger to praise the pro­ject, with Mayor Searle joking they “all wanted to bark,” in favour of the pro­ject.

Coun­cil­lor Ter­resa Lynes com­mended the de­ci­sion and be­lieved it would also be ben­e­fi­cial to own­ers as well as their pooches.

“We nat­u­rally as­sume dog parks are for dogs; how­ever re­search shows they pro­vide equal ben­e­fit to dog own­ers.

“Dog parks pro­vide a high level of com­mu­nity in­ter­ac­tion, which al­lows for so­cial­i­sa­tion amongst lo­cal res­i­dents.”

“Dog parks can also be of great as­sis­tance to peo­ple with men­tal health dis­or­ders as they pro­vide a non-con­fronta­tional so­cial en­vi­ron­ment.”

Coun­cil­lor Glenn De­whurst thanked the team who had planned the pro­ject and said it would be great for dogs and their own­ers alike.

Pats all round: Har­mony Fields will be get­ting a dog park.

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