Dog park gets go ahead
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.