In­ner city dog park pos­si­ble

Northern Outlook - - FRONT PAGE - RYAN AN­DER­SON

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.

DAVID WALKER/STUFF

Progress on the re­build of the QEII Recre­ation and Sport Cen­tre con­tin­ues but it won’t in­clude a 50m swim­ming pool.

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