Off-the-leash areas in Tuakau
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.