Park goes to the dogs
A plan to more than double the size of a central Auckland dog park at a popular reserve has some residents barking mad.
TheWaitemata¯ Local Board has proposed expanding the off-leash dog area at Meola Reef by 155 per cent, taking up more space towards the harbour end of the reserve.
Meola Reef is a lava reef formation that reaches more than 2 kilometres into the Waitemata¯ Harbour. The reserve currently has a fenced off-leash dog area. The remainder of the reserve is on-leash.
The Meola Reef Reserve Development Plan, commissioned by the local board, provides a 20 year plan, focusing on maintaining and enhancing the reserve’s ecology.
Resident Mark Johnson, who lived near the reserve and was behind a community initiative to plant native trees on the reserve back in the late 1990s, said there was no justification to extend the off-leash area towards the harbour.
‘‘The existing area is more than generous. Dogs do not need to have views from the top of the reef,’’ Johnson said.
‘‘If dog owners want a view, they can leash their dog and do what the rest of the public do and walk outside the off-leash area to a public high point.’’