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New dog park for Harmony Fields

Published on Friday 12 May, 2017

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Dog owners and park users alike will benefit from a new enclosed dog park at Harmony Fields in Maddington after City of Gosnells Councillors this week voted to go ahead with the $330,000 project.

The new facility will enable dog owners to exercise their pets off-leash in one of two completely separate areas, one for large dogs and another for small dogs.

Enclosed dog parks have been well received in a few places where they have been trialled and, if this facility proves successful, the City will consider installing them in other suburbs.

City of Gosnells Deputy Mayor Julie Brown said the dog park was a terrific community health initiative.

“Enclosed dog parks give people space to socialise their dogs, which can result in less conflict in parks and happier dogs that are less likely to develop behavioural issues, such as excessive barking or digging,” she said.

Construction of the facility will occur later in the year, as the clay-based soil at Harmony Fields tends to hold winter rainfall. The work will take up to 10 weeks to finish.

Once complete, the dog park will feature a 1.8m-high perimeter fence, a dual gate entry system, agility features, watering points, shade and different surfaces to cater for a range of dogs.

Funding for the dog park will mostly come from the Harmony Fields Reserve Account, which was established to fund future expenditure at Harmony Fields using income received from the lease of land for telecommunications towers on-site.

The City will keep the community informed during the project construction. For more details, please call 9397 3000.