Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Dogs free to roam at permanent park

David Lee April 29, 2015
OFF-LEASH DOG PARK SUCCESS… Greater Shepparton City Councillors and Mayor, Cr Dennis Patterson voted to make the temporary off-leash dog park in Shepparton permanent, after the park’s successful trial. Photo: David Lee.

OFF-LEASH DOG PARK SUCCESS… Greater Shepparton City Councillors and Mayor, Cr Dennis Patterson voted to make the temporary off-leash dog park in Shepparton permanent, after the park’s successful trial. Photo: David Lee.

THE success of Shepparton’s first off-leash dog park has lead to the decision to transform it into a permanent park, allowing local pooches to roam free and socialise.
The permanent park will see $62,000 of works carried out to make the Ducat Reserve site in Paterson Road a more usable and secure area including permanent fencing, signage, bins, seating, drinking fountain and car parking spaces.
Council commenced the off leash dog park trial in March 2014 and has observed the site for the past 12 months, with its success potentially leading to other locations around Shepparton being transformed into trial locations.
Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dennis Patterson said, “Owners and their pets will be able to enjoy a great area on a permanent basis once all the work has been completed.
“It will take council time to complete all the works, as we are coming into the cooler months and wet weather may impact on construction. Once the site is made permanent the same rules apply from the trial including all animals need to be registered to ensure everyone can enjoy the area at the same time.”
The permanent site will continue to be monitored carefully by the Animal Management team. Residents need to ensure rules are obeyed for the off leash dog park.