Dog park planned for New­cas­tle Beach

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Kyle Smylie

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.”

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The pro­posed lo­ca­tion of a com­mu­nity dog park in New­cas­tle Beach.

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