Rockingham dog owners and their pets have a new place to hang out, with the opening of the City’s first enclosed off-leash dog park.
The enclosed off-leash dog exercise area at Bayview Reserve was officially opened on Saturday by Mayor Barry Sammels, a dog owner himself.
“It’s fantastic to have a space where dogs – and their owners – can have fun and socialise,” Mayor Sammels said.
“The City has more than 100 reserves that are regularly used as exercise areas for the 19,000 registered dogs living here but these areas are not fenced, and they are shared with playgrounds, sporting facilities and other recreation areas. The Rockingham Enclosed Dog Park will be the City’s first designated enclosed off-leash dog exercise area for the exclusive use of dog owners.”
The $165,000 project includes two separate spaces – one for small dogs and one for all dogs – various activity zones to minimise high-speed free running and encourage interaction, dog drinking fountains, seating, and a 1.8m high boundary fence with a 1.5m solid, internal dividing fence.
Mayor Sammels said the park had been designed with access and inclusion as one of its key outcomes so people of all abilities could enjoy taking their pet for a play.
“It’s one of our community aspirations to provide facilities that accommodate contemporary community expectation and are justified, well used, cost effective and multi-functional. This is a perfect example of how that can be achieved,” he said.
“Other enclosed dog parks are going to be provided throughout the City in the future, with planning already underway for a second one in Baldivis.”