Inner city dog park possible
In the wake of Wellington City Council allowing small pets on public transport, Environment Canterbury have said that Christchurch’s bus’s won’t be allowing man’s best friend to ride around the city.
City Councillor Aaron Keown said that the garden city needs an inner city dog park. At the moment – there are only 6 dedicated dog parks in the Christchurch region.
‘‘We’ve got a good start – we have got NZ’s first ever dog park here. What the city desperately needs is an inner city dog park.’’
Dog behaviourist Blair Anderson said putting it next to Margaret Mahy playground would be logical.
‘‘People want to separate dogs from the community, hence what we are doing wrong now.’’
Aaron Keown is not entirely against the idea – he said, as long as it was properly fenced and gated then it would be a good place to put it.
At an event in Hagley park, The Big Dog Walk With lots of Dogs, the general consensus was that Christchurch was a very dog friendly place, with lots of places to exercise them. The only improvement one owner suggested, was more places for dogs to take a drink.
Blair Anderson agreed that we are doing some good things for our companions – but emphasised the need for more.
Progress on the rebuild of the QEII Recreation and Sport Centre continues but it won’t include a 50m swimming pool.