Kay Fraser | Dogs give fenced park the paws up

ROMPABLE: Dogs and their owners will have a ball at the new fenced dog park in Speers Point.
ROMPABLE: Dogs and their owners will have a ball at the new fenced dog park in Speers Point.

One of the benefits of the Mayoral office is the occasional opportunity to get a sneak peek of one of our new projects before it is officially unveiled or opened to the public.

Last Friday that privilege was extended to the Mayoral pooch, Archie, who joined a few staff members’ dogs for a test run of our new fenced dog park at Speers Point and to star in a short promotional video. 

We are very excited about this new exercise and socialisation area for dogs and their owners – which is the first fully fenced off-lead area in Lake Macquarie.

Archie and his fellow test dogs were excited too, in particular Ace the energetic young Staffy who appeared to leave no blade of grass on the undulating 10,000 square metre enclosure untrodden as he romped happily.

The community, too, is looking forward to using the new facility, which will be open from Wednesday 16 May. 

Nearly one-third of the feedback we received from recent community consultation on our new Dogs in Open Space Policy related to the need for fenced dog parks and dog owners’ preference for exercise areas to be segregated from cyclists, playgrounds, roads and other areas of high activity.

Lake Macquarie City Council is planning more fenced off-lead areas, with the next to be built at Thomas H Halton Park, at Croudace Bay, as part of a major redevelopment of the recreational facilities in that park.

Kay Fraser, Mayor