Leckie St site best for dog park

AUDREY MALONE
Last updated 05:00 21/06/2014

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Leckie St is the preferred location for a dog park in Timaru.

Nearby residents have been sent letters outlining the Timaru District Council's plan and inviting consultation.

A group of interested parties viewed potential locations for dog parks on Thursday and chose a Leckie St location as the preferred option, with a South St park a close second.

Council group regulatory services manager Chris English said while Leckie St was preferred, there were other options.

"At the end of the day it is a council decision and there is public consultation," he said.

English said Leckie St was selected for various features, including the 3 hectares of unused space, space for parking and a ditch so water could run through the park.

Parks and recreation manager Bill Steans also viewed the possible locations and believed Leckie St to be good as it was close to State Highway 1 so could be signposted.

He said people travelling with their dogs would be able to use the park to exercise four-legged passengers.

Steans said his partner had taken their dog to a dog park before and she had expressed interest in having one in Timaru.

He also believed a canine park would be an asset for the community.

"It's also good for dogs to be able to socialise," he said.

Timaru Dog Parks Trust representative Richard Brown said he would present the locations to the trust for feedback and was hoping to soon let council know the preferences.

Brown believed the benefit of Leckie St was the space for development. "It would be interesting to see what could be done down there," he said.

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- The Timaru Herald

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