Dog park planned for Newcastle Beach
The town’s dog park project will be located in an area of Newcastle Beach based on the recommendations of council.
The proposed dog park, on about four acres of land located east of the ball diamonds, is slated for completion in spring next year.
Council decided to move forward with the project after a public consultation process that actually did not have Newcastle Beach as an option. Two final locations, the beach and an area of land on top of Elgin Hill near Bankview, were presented to council for their recommendation.
The town has budgeted $15,000 for the project, which will be used to fence the area and install some infrastructure. The area will be fenced off and the existing cook shack there will be removed, and a walking path will need to be relocated. The park will have separate areas for big dogs and small dogs.
“I think this is the best location proposed so far… We’ve been looking into reinvestments in that area for a while and getting rid of a derelict building would certainly be one of them,” said councillor Jay Garbutt.
“I don’t think having one dog park will be sufficient for everyone,” councillor Tom Zariski said. “All we can do is start with one and hopefully this will be good for a number of people and a number of dogs.”
Planning work will be done over the winter months and the town hopes to begin construction in the spring next year, economic development officer Julia Fielding says.
Some readers have voiced concerns about available parking, increased traffic to the location, and the impact on resi- dents neighboring the park.
“I think we might do a bit more (public consultation) in the spring. At this time administration really wanted to get a decision made,” Fielding said. “Wherever we put it there’ll be concerns with parking and traffic, so anywhere we go we’ll have to work to mitigate it.”
The proposed location of a community dog park in Newcastle Beach.