New park: questions for your dog

Mayor with her dog
Say cheese: Cr Helen Patsikatheodorou hams it up with her own dog.

Local people should tell Hume City Council what they would like to see at a dog park that’s planned for Broadmeadows, Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, has said.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Hume was set to construct the dog park in 2017 at the John Ilhan Memorial Reserve on Barry Road.

“It shall be a terrific place for our four-legged friends, and I’m sure that many families will spend much time there,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“Hume will build a fence around the dog park and install gates on either end so that people can enter and exit the area.

“The park will feature a drinking fountain for humans, and a water bowl that thirsty dogs can enjoy.

“We’ve got the basics sorted, but Hume is keen to find out about other things residents would like to see at the dog park.

“Would pet owners like a small dog park with a variety of exercise equipment, or perhaps a bigger park with fewer challenges for canines?

“We’ve created a survey which will help Hume to prepare a design for the park, and I encourage everyone to fill it in.”

Hume would like to hear what dog owners think about a sensory area, which enables dogs to smell and feel.

Council is also keen to learn whether residents’ dogs could benefit from a time out zone that particularly targets small dogs and shy canines.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Hume would consider a range of equipment for the park.

“Dogs love to keep active, and there are many simple attributes that can help a canine to jump and practice obedience,” she said.

“From hurdles, poles and jump hoops, to bridges, box tunnels and platforms, Hume’s survey asks residents to rate their preferences.

“The questionnaire includes pictures, and it only takes a few minutes to complete.”

John Ilhan Memorial Reserve will be familiar to many Hume dogs, because it regularly hosts dog obedience training.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said dog parks helped canines to be happy and healthy.

“Challenging obstacles at dog parks can build great skills in canines and enable our four-legged friends to meet and socialise with other dogs,” she said.

“The dog park at John Ilhan Memorial Reserve will contain canines in the one place, so the animals don’t disturb other people who may use the reserve’s soccer fields and athletics track.

“It will be a perfect spot for dog owners to meet other people who love animals, and I’m sure many residents will get to know others from their local neighbourhood.”

People can complete a survey about the proposed dog park between Monday 4 July 2016 and Friday 29 July 2016.

Paper copies of the questionnaire will be available in July at Hume City Council’s customer service centres.

 

Posted on 12:00 AM, 28 June 2016


Updated : 2:16 PM, 4 July 2016

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