DOGS and their owners from across the greater Hobart area came together last month to check out the latest hound hot-spot, the newly opened Chapel Street Dog Park.
Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston, who officially opened the facility with the help of her King Charles Cavalier Spaniel Toby, said the revamped park answered strong calls from the community to have a fully enclosed dog walking area in close proximity to the Glenorchy CBD.
“When all the planned works are completed in May, Council will have invested more than $80,000 into upgrading the park for the enjoyment of all of its users, including dog owners,” she said.
“While the Chapel Street Reserve was already an off-lead dog area, providing a large space for dogs and their owners to exercise, it didn’t provide the security of an enclosed space.
“The park has now been fully enclosed with a 1.8-metre chain mesh fence and air-lock gates to prevent any pups from escaping.
“An access gate has also been installed in Jackson Street and a number of fences backing onto the park have been repaired to ensure the safety of our municipality’s K9 community of 9,445 dogs.”
Mayor Johnston said new signage with information on how to use the park had been installed, as well as a dog water bubbler, giving pooches access to fresh water as they ran themselves ragged.
“Future features of the park will include new bins with compostable dog litter bags, as well as rocks, logs and trees, creating an enticing and stimulating environment for our furry friends,” she said.
“Council will also be providing more seating for our human park users and we are currently working on improving the paths around the park, which we hope to have completed by June this year.”
The park is already a barking success, with Council receiving excellent reviews from users so far and doggie residents giving it a resounding paws-up.
Caption: Locals and their pooches enjoying the new digs.