Bay Roberts trotting out dog park

Nicholas Mercer
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The Town of Bay Roberts has plenty of parks for its bipedal residents.

The Town of Bay Roberts has plenty of parks for its bipedal residents.

And, now officials with the community are looking after its four-legged residents with the upcoming implementation of a dog park.

The park, located off of Delaneys Ave. in Shearstown, will be a place where the residents of the Conception Bay North community can bring their canine companions.

Nestled between two sets of houses in quiet part of town, the area was once used as a ball field but has been vacant since the field was decommissioned.

The field offers plenty of space for the park. At the far end of the space, there is access to the banks of Shearstown Pond.

“It’s a beautiful area,” said Ian Flynn, director of recreation.

The town is starting with baby steps in the construction of the park. The chain link fence for the animals is expected to be up and ready in the next couple of days.

Then, Flynn noted, the plan includes the beautification of the area, which will include several park benches and a sitting area along the shores of the pond.

“It’s going to be a nice little community area for the residents,” he said.

Before getting the process started on the construction of the park, the town made sure to keep residents in the area in the loop.

Flynn said residents were canvassed about the idea.

“They were all supportive,” he said.

 

Demand high

A dog park has been something high on the recreation department’s priority list for some time.

Residents have long called for one, and it was a budget item this year.

“There has been very high demand for it,” said Flynn.

It is believed this is the first such park in the CBN region.

The director is confident the park will be a popular destination for dog users in the region.

“I think it’s something you’re starting to see more of in towns our size,” said Flynn. “We have a number of recreation sites, but people can’t walk their dogs on ball fields … so to put dogs and dog users in their a safe environment, it’s much needed and will only add to what we already have.”

 

Excitement

One dog lover who is excited to let his pet loose in the park also happens to be the town’s mayor.

“Dukie loves to play with dogs,” said Philip Wood of his chocolate Labrador retriever. “It’s hard when you’re walking him on the road and he’s dragging you to meet the other dogs.”

The mayor called the park a “great opportunity” for his community’s pet owners to get out.

“There are a lot of people in the area excited,” said Wood.

nmercer@cbncompass.ca

Geographic location: Bay Roberts, Conception Bay, CBN

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  • Gloria peddle
    June 16, 2014 - 17:27

    A dog park is wonderful BUT I am wondering when the residences of the area, such as myself, we're ever consulted about this project. The first I knew about it was when I looked out my kitchen window and saw work being done directly behind my house. We were never consulted on this and I am not the only household that wasn't. How did this happen?

  • Marina O'Flaherty
    June 10, 2014 - 21:36

    I believe that a dog park is great for our area. Hopefully owners will pick up after their dogs as well as not leaving their garbage around like so many other places in this province.

  • Amanda
    June 10, 2014 - 13:10

    Awesome! I'm so excited for this.

  • DOG AND ROAD LOVER
    June 09, 2014 - 14:23

    Can't waste any more money on Dog crap. Well there is one here not Excited about a Dog Park. When we don't have a fit road to drive on. where is all the pavement going??? Mayor got a park so he don't have to walk in the pot holes ha, ha ,ha. this got to be a joke. keep on wasting the tax payers money.