Dog park fence raises concern
The fence is to hold in dogs, not deer, but you wouldn't think so when driving past.
The large fence being built in Elles Rd in south Invercargill has been getting plenty of comments, many suggesting the city council appears to be building a deer paddock.
This is despite South Alive co-ordinator Janette Malcolm, whose organisation was the driving force behind the dog park, previously saying the dog park's fence "would be a tasteful style; not deer fencing".
Invercargill City Council parks manager Robin Pagan said yesterday that South Alive's original submission was mesh fencing around the perimeter.
But the council decided it "didn't want it to look like a prison", Mr Pagan said.
The council instead decided to build a 6-foot-high deer fence around the dog park perimeter.
Archie McDonald, who has lived in south Invercargill for 46 years, was not impressed.
He said the area was trying to lift its reputation, and he suggested the dog park was not the best way to go about it.
"To put a dog park in the heart of a suburb that is trying to create a place for itself within the mesh of the city is quite wrong," Mr McDonald said.
He said he initially objected to the location of the park because of its proximity to a main road and children's playground.
"There are a lot of other places that would be more appropriate . . . one that seems more prominent is down on Clyde St and Balmoral Drive."
Mr Pagan said work on the 8275-square-metre dog park in Elles Rd was ahead of schedule and could be open by the end of this month.
Provisions had been made to ensure dog owners would use the park responsibly, he said.
"Part of the fit-out will be rubbish containers with dog poo bags, which will be available at all times to those accessing the park."
"If we find that isn't working we will implement the littering act but we want people to do the right things before we consider regulating."
He said if the council deemed the dog park was successful, it would consider other sites .
- © Fairfax NZ News
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