City’s first enclosed dog park leads the way

November 25, 2016 by  

Dog owners in Rockingham have a new favourite hangout to enjoy with their family pets following the opening of a new off-leash enclosed dog park at Bayview Reserve.

Mayor Barry Sammels officially opened the Enclosed Off-Leash Dog Exercise Area, the first such facility in the city’s history.

The mayor, who is himself a dog owner, was delighted with the new park, which he predicted will be a place where owners and their canine companions will be able to socialise and have fun.

Previously, he said, the city’s 19,000 registered dogs used exercise areas within the area’s 100 reserves, which were unfenced and shared with sporting facilities, playgrounds and recreation areas.

He said the new park is designed to be for dog owners’ exclusive use only.

The $165,000 project, which has been widely advertised on flyers and in newsletter printing throughout the community, incorporates two separate spaces, with one specifically for small dogs and the other accommodating all dogs.

There are also various activity zones where dogs can engage in high-speed free running and interact with others, as well as seating, dog drinking fountains, a 1.5m dividing fence inside the area and a 1.8m high fence surrounding it.

Mayor Sammels said more enclosed dog parks are planned for the city, with Baldivis likely to be the next location.

He said the facilities fulfil contemporary community expectations and are cost effective, well used and multifunctional.