Off-the-leash ar­eas in Tuakau

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New off-leash dog ex­er­cise ar­eas are now in Tuakau.

Peo­ple want­ing to ex­er­cise their furry four­legged friends in Tuakau now have two ad­di­tional off-leash dog ex­er­cise ar­eas to choose from.

Waikato Dis­trict Coun­cil has added Kowhai Re­serve to the Dog Con­trol By­law as an off-leash dog ex­er­cise area.

It has also rein­tro­duced Cen­ten­nial Park, on the cor­ner of Bol­lard Rd and Park Ave, to the by­law as an off-leash dog ex­er­cise area fol­low­ing its re­moval in 2015.

‘‘Cen­ten­nial park was orig­i­nally re­moved be­cause there were con­cerns that the park was too small and also too close to a chil­dren’s play area,’’ said Animal Con­trol team leader, Me­gan May.

‘‘Since then, we’ve had an over­whelm­ing level of in­ter­est and sup­port to re­in­state the park as an off-leash ex­er­cise area.’’

Pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion around the two ar­eas was car­ried out in Au­gust and Septem­ber.

Coun­cil re­ceived 194 sub­mis­sions with 89.5 per cent sup­port for Cen­ten­nial Park and 95 per cent sup­port for Kowhai Re­serve.

The main op­po­si­tion to Cen­ten­nial Park was be­cause of con­cerns around the play­ground.

Coun­cil staff will work with the Tuakau Com­mu­nity Board to decide on the best place to fence around the chil­dren’s play ar­eas.

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