Plans for proposed dog park gains momentum with site location
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The unused portion of land located at the end of Cherrywood Drive has been determined as the proposed location for Happy Valley-Goose Bay’s first off leash dog park. The site was chosen after public consultation via on-line surveys, as well as other criteria.
Four-legged family members in Happy Valley-Goose Bay are one step closer to getting their own doggie oasis.
The Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay has recently posted its proposed location for the area’s first off-leash dog park to its website and Facebook site.
This comes after months of work by Town staff, public comments and a great response to a survey on a proposed dog park itself, Shaun MacLean, director of Community Services and Recreation for the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
“(Since the public meeting on the dog park in May), we reviewed the surveys and were very comfortable with the level of interest shown,” noted MacLean
“Based on the responses, as well as other criteria, we’ve determined the best location is at the end of Cherrywood Drive (uptown).”
MacLean said while there were also other good locations to choose from — including an unused ball field with existing fencing and parking space, Cherrywood Drive was deemed most suitable for the fact its not located next to a residential area.
“It’s not around housing, it’s a low traffic area, and easily accessible,” said MacLean.
“It’s also a low cost option in that it can be left in a fairly natural state if so desired.”
MacLean said existing materials owned by the Town, such as fencing, would be re-used and re-purposed for the dog park.
“We have fencing from obsolete ball fields and other unused locations that can be used,” he said.
MacLean noted while the Town will be involved up to a certain point, the success and viability of the park will rest in the hands of a dog park committee which will oversee operation of the park once its completed.
“A dog park committee will be critical,” he said. “The Town doesn’t see itself in a leadership role as such (when the park is done), but we are going to be there to support it.”
He added the Town will also be involved in drafting and approving the Terms of Reference for the park — once it gets to that stage — which will include things such as hours of operation, maintenance, friendly policing, fundraising, etc.
Mayor Jamie Snook said the public has been positively engaged in this topic and gave a lot of feedback for management and council to consider.
“While we solicit final public input, management are continuing their preparatory work, and we hope to see continued enthusiasm around this new experience for canine family members in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.”
Lara Morina, a long-time resident and canine lover, said she is looking forward to an off-leash dog park.
“I think it’s excellent, it’s a long time coming and it’s about time (we’ll have a dog park).”
Morina said she would definitely be taking her dog to the park once established.
“I think it will be highly used, as long as people respect it.”
To join the dog park committee, or for more information, phone 896-8542 or email email@example.com.
A copy of the map of the proposed location can be picked up at the Town Office or via www.happyvalley-goosebay.com; click on ‘Parks and Recreation’ link.
Comments on the proposed location or any aspect of the dog park can be made via email at the address above; mailed to P.O. Box 40, Stn. B, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL, A0P 1E0; or dropped off at the Town Office. Comments must be received on or before July 31, 2014.