Dog lovers in Weston Creek will soon be able to unleash their pooches on the new Dog Park in Duffy, with the facility now due to open by the end month after a two-month delay in construction.
The park was expected to be ready by the end of May but the project did not get under way until June. A Government spokesperson said that the tenders received for the dog park included additional features that required further negotiation with the ACT Government and the preferred contractor.
The spokesperson said there were minor changes to the design, with planting beds inside the enclosures removed because of expected damage by dogs, bike racks also removed as most park users either walk or use their cars, and seating numbers reduced.
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The fully fenced 1.2 hectare site on Warragamba Avenue still included fountains, bins, substantial tree planting, and dryland grass area perfect for dogs. It is divided into areas for large and small dogs.
The spokesperson said the car park could safely accommodate up to 42 vehicles, with 21 line marked spaces, including two for people with disabilities. There would also be 20 unmarked spaces on the eastern side of the car park.
A small community event to celebrate the new dog park was being considered for spring when the weather is warmer and to allow time for grass to grow, the spokesperson said.
It will be the seventh fenced, off-leash dog park in Canberra. The site was identified through community consultation in mid-2016 as being a preferred location because of its panoramic views of Canberra’s urban hills and mountains.