LET THE PUPS PLAY

City of Char­lot­te­town opens a new off-leash dog park in Hills­bor­ough Park neigh­bour­hood

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVE STE­WART dave.ste­wart@the­guardian.pe.ca Twit­ter.com/DveSte­wart

City of Char­lot­te­town opens a new off-leash dog park in Hills­bor­ough Park neigh­bour­hood

The Hills­bor­ough Park neigh­bour­hood in Char­lot­te­town has of­fi­cially gone to the dogs.

The City of Char­lot­te­town’s pub­lic works depart­ment worked with pro­vin­cial In­fra­struc­ture Min­is­ter Paula Big­ger to create 12,000 square feet of open green space for dogs to en­joy off-leash.

The dog park, which is on land owned by the prov­ince, opens to­day. The park is lo­cated just off Aca­dian Drive in Hills­bor­ough Park.

“I’ve had re­quests from peo­ple for a while now from peo­ple look­ing for a dog park,’’ said Coun. Terry Bernard, chair­man of the pub­lic works com­mit­tee. Jeremy Mac­Fadyen, a down­town Char­lot­te­town res­i­dent and owner of Ger­tie, a two-year–old golden doodle, said it’s great news.

“The city def­i­nitely needs an off-leash area for the dogs. Dogs are a big part of peo­ple’s lives,’’ Mac­Fadyen said. “We usu­ally head to Up­ton (Road), but an off-leash area in the city lim­its is ex­actly what we need.’’

Bernard said this dog park will act as sort of an ex­per­i­ment for the city.

“Right now we’ve got tem­po­rary fenc­ing to see how it goes. We’re go­ing to use this as a model. We’ll see what kind of us­age it gets, what kinds of num­bers we get and we’ll use it as a model for other dog parks the city plans to open up in the fu­ture,’’ the coun­cil­lor said.

The parks and recre­ation depart­ment is look­ing for land for ad­di­tional off-leash dog parks, but noth­ing spe­cific has been nailed down as of yet.

Mac­Fadyen would like to see one in West Roy­alty, East Roy­alty, in the down­town area and maybe even at Vic­to­ria Park.

“My wife and I and Ger­tie walk on the board­walk al­most ev­ery day but that’s not off leash. We’d love to have a des­ig­nated area down there as well in other spots in town. I know many, many, many dog own­ers that would just love to have a proper spot to go walk their dogs,’’ Mac­Fadyen said.

Sig­nage with rules for the dog park has been in­stalled. Dog clean-up bags and waste bins will be pro­vided at the dog park along with benches for park users to sit as their dogs en­joy their free­dom. Play equip­ment has also been in­stalled. The dog park will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to dusk un­til late fall. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 902-566-5548.

DAVE STE­WART/THE GUARDIAN

Jeremy Mac­Fadyen plans on spend­ing a lot of time with Ger­tie, his two-year-old golden doodle, at Char­lot­te­town’s new off-leash dog park. The park is lo­cated just off Aca­dian Drive in Hills­bor­ough Park.

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