Letter: Seaside park now home to barking dogs

Last updated 12:00 30/01/2013

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OPINION: Beside the old Patent Slip at Wellington's Greta Pt at Evans Bay is a group of attractive homes overlooking a small open area called Cog Park. A year ago, people could picnic, view the history of the old Patent Slip and walk freely through the park with their children.

Without consulting those who live in the cul-de-sac or close by, Hataitai Residents Association and Wellington City Council have used ratepayers' money to completely enclose the park so that dogs from all over Wellington could take it over.

Access to our properties is now impeded by thoughtlessly parked cars. Dogs run wild, bark, and kill the grass with their toilet activity.

At the time, a Miramar vet praised the idea of a dog park. This dog park isn't beside his place. Did he realise how many would flock to the area? Are dogs more important than children?

If people don't have an area at home for a dog to run around, should they have one?

The only good thing to come of it is that the park is too small and it would be better to find somewhere larger, away from a built-up area.

GRAEME MacFARLANE

Hataitai [abridged]

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