PUPPY PLAY: Carolyn Dunstan (left) and Megan Acworth with their dogs Cooper and Hunter at the park.
PUPPY PLAY: Carolyn Dunstan (left) and Megan Acworth with their dogs Cooper and Hunter at the park. Kelly Butterworth Emedogpark

Fur the love of dogs, let’s fix Emerald park

THE Emerald off-leash dog park will be getting a revamp if one local gets her way.

Carolyn Dunstan is working hard with the council and the Rotary Club of Emerald Sunrise group to improve the facilities which she said were lacking.

Ms Dunstan said she felt positive after meeting with council workers at the park.

"We walked around and discussed some ideas," she said.

After approaching the Rotary Sunrise club to act as a facilitator for grant applications, Ms Dunstan said the project should be viable.

"We are working with Rotary to install seating, install double gates and fix the tap," she said.

Among other smaller issues, a big problem at the park is fencing.

Ms Dunstan said the current fence was not suitable for a dog park.

She said there were large holes underneath which small and medium-sized dogs could easily slip under.

"Because of the proximity to Rifle Range Rd, it's a big issue," she said.

"It's hard because you've got to constantly keep an eye on the dogs, which is not the idea of a dog park."

Ms Dunstan also wants to see the inclusion of seating, a smaller fenced-off area within the park for small or anti-social dogs and some improvements made to the tap.

"There's a lot we are looking at," she said.

"Now it's just a matter or getting the funds and getting everything done."

Ms Dunstan has set up a Facebook page called Emerald Dogs, which has 138 members.

They all agree the park needs upgrades.

"We're excited to get this off the ground as quickly as we can," she said.

"We're hoping to have the fence fixed by Christmas, that's the main priority."

If you're interested in joining the cause or want to assist with fundraising, join the Facebook page and get in contact with the group.

Improvements wanted

Fence fixed to ground

Seating for pet owners

Improved water facilities

Smaller fenced area for small/anti-social dogs

Shade

Double gates

Fixed agility equipment


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