Today's letter: Barking up wrong tree

23:00, Dec 03 2012

Good on Archie McDonald (November 29) - you echo the thoughts of others.

Is there a petition circulating that residents can sign to show their opposition to this ridiculous idea of a dog park on Elles Rd?

We are in favour of beautifying the area and some good ideas have come forward from the South Alive initiative.

However, ruining our wonderful green belt to make way for a dog park is barking up the wrong tree.

Residents are proud of the reserves.

The council's parks division keep them looking good and they should be kept as is, for everyone to enjoy.


Visitors often remark how lucky we are to have this asset in the midst of our city.

People need to object now, to stop this park from going ahead. Once it's there, it's permanent.

We are not against a dog park; we just don't want it there.

It will do nothing to make South Invercargill more attractive; in fact it will have the opposite effect.

A more appropriate place would be in an industrial area, preferably on the outskirts of the city, where it's not going to be a blight on the landscape or bother the neighbours with excited barking dogs.

Also, has anyone given a thought to the smell on hot summer days?

People who don't clean up after their dogs aren't suddenly going to start just because there's a park for them.

If residents value the city's reserves and parks, make it known and send in your objection to the council before it's too late.

The Southland Times