Have your say on where City of Newcastle opens a second off-leash dog exercise area

NEW DOG PARK: Lambton resident Mark Brooker with dog Wesley, Newcastle Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen with Toby and Lambton Residents Group member Mary Webster with Jem and Scout at Lambton Park. Picture: Supplied
NEW DOG PARK: Lambton resident Mark Brooker with dog Wesley, Newcastle Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen with Toby and Lambton Residents Group member Mary Webster with Jem and Scout at Lambton Park. Picture: Supplied

Novocastrians are being invited to help decide the location of a second dedicated off-leash dog exercise park for the city.

Residents and community groups are being asked by City of Newcastle to provide feedback on potential off-leash spaces in Lambton.

Lambton Park and Armstrong Park have been flagged as potential locations for the dog exercise area.

Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen said the council was committed to providing open spaces where the city's 45,000 registered dogs could safely run free.

"We know that Novocastrians are passionate about their dogs and having dedicated spaces for their canine companions to exercise and socialise safely with other dogs is important to them," Cr Clausen said.

"A Council survey found 60 percent of people want more fenced, off-leash dog areas in Newcastle and provided valuable insights on desired features such as shade, seating, signage and designated areas for small and large dogs.

"This is reflected in the overwhelming success and popularity of the city's first fenced, off-leash dog park at Acacia Avenue, North Lambton, which opened last October and is enjoyed by countless two and four-legged friends on any given day."

City of Newcastle stated that it identified the need for additional fenced dog parks under its Dogs in Open Space Plan.

Community feedback received on the Dogs in Open Space Plan showed high demand for an off-lease dog exercise park in Lambton.

The council is also exploring opportunities to improve dog infrastructure in Islington, Adamstown and Maryland.

To have your say on the location of Newcastle's next off-lease dog exercise park go to newcastle.nsw.gov.au/YourSay.

Submissions close 5pm on Thursday, August 6.

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