Owners of dogs large and small who utilise the Craigieburn Dog Park are invited to tell Hume City Council their thoughts on the canine play space.

The park opened almost one year ago and Council wants to hear what people think about the site, so it can improve the park and select equipment for other dog parks.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said Council was pleased with the number of people who had visited the canine reserve, located behind Craigieburn Leisure Centre in Craigieburn Gardens.

“Residents escort their dogs to the park right throughout the week, and Hume wants to see whether there is anything we can do to make the attraction even better,” Cr Atmaca said.

“Council has prepared a short survey to find out how dogs respond to Craigieburn Dog Park’s exercise equipment, like the bridge, hurdles, and jump hoop.

“We’d also like to know what people think about the signs, paths, seats, and drinking fountains.

“Council officers have worked hard to maintain the park, and the survey includes questions to ascertain if there is more we can do to improve its appearance and cleanliness.

“There are a number of zones within Craigieburn Dog Park, like the rock and scramble zone, and we’d love to learn which sections are the most popular with dogs.”

The survey also asks respondents whether they would attend a Paws in the Park event, which could offer attractions like animal displays, dog competitions, and a pets parade.

People can fill in a survey form or give their feedback directly to Council officers who will be at Craigieburn Dog Park at various times in July.

Visitors to the park may also fill in a survey on paper, and post it free-of-charge by Monday 27 July 2015 to Hume City Council, Reply Paid 119, Dallas VIC 3047.

Cr Atmaca said dog parks offered terrific benefits for dogs and their owners.

“These fully-fenced areas enable people to exercise their dogs in a safe environment, and they are particularly helpful for senior citizens and people with a disability,” he said.

“Dog parks are a real treat for canines, who often improve their social skills and confidence when they interact with other dogs.

“These sorts of sites are also a wonderful way for dog owners to make friends with other animal lovers, and share information about canines.

“The park at Craigieburn helps to contain dogs in the one place, so that the animals don’t interfere with people who are enjoying other parts of Craigieburn Gardens.”

People may take up to two dogs to the Craigieburn Dog Park, and all canines must be at least six months old, because very young dogs could be injured if they jump from the park’s play equipment.

The safety of humans at the park is a top priority, and owners must be able to control their dogs with voice commands.

Children under five are not permitted in the park and aggressive dogs are strictly prohibited.

Hume City Council makes poop scoop bags available at Craigieburn Dog Park so that dog owners can clean up after their canines.

Updated : 4:33 PM, 27 November 2015

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