Community & Environment

Where should we build the city’s first fenced dog exercise area?

Hamiltonians own more than 12,000 dogs and our furry friends need plenty of space to romp with their owners.

Hamilton City Council approved funding for the city’s first fenced dog exercise area through the 2018-28 Long-Term Plan. Construction will get underway shortly after the location is decided and the new space should be open for summer 2020.

The Council is now asking the community to choose one of three possible locations for the new fenced area. Feedback opens on Monday 10 August and closes on Sunday 6 September. The options are Tauhara Park in Rototuna, Resthills Park in Glenview and Minogue Park in Forest Lake.

“We already have a good choice of off-leash exercise areas across the city but running off the lead without clear boundaries is not for every pooch and their handler,” says Councillor Mark Bunting, Chair of the Community Committee.

“Some of our canine residents need a more controlled environment, especially when they are still learning.”

The new fenced dog exercise area will be approximately one hectare of open space, designed to blend into the park it is located in. It will be planted with natives and will include seats and tables and a doggy water fountain. Rules of use will be clearly displayed.

The three parks have been chosen as potential options because they have existing infrastructure, including off-street parking and toilets, and are already off-leash dog exercise areas.

Dog owners were asked for feedback in early 2019 with Innes Common the preferred location. After discussions with neighbours and the wider community, the site was found to be unsuitable.

In June 2020, the Community Committee approved new, wider consultation with the community on three location options.

“Dog owners have been asking for a fenced exercise space since as far back as 2013 when the Pooches and Parks Plan was developed,” Cr Bunting says. The plan is the Council’s strategy for making Hamilton more dog friendly.

Community feedback will be considered at the 29 September Community Committee meeting.

Hamiltonians can share their voice through the Council’s online engagement portal at hamilton.govt.nz/haveyoursay or by completing a form from libraries or the Council’s central city offices.

More information is available at hamilton.govt.nz/fenceddogpark

To have your say on your preffered option, visit https://haveyoursay.hamilton.govt.nz/parks-and-open-space/new-dog-area/

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