PASADENA — A dog park should be erected in the area of William Seaward Park off Main Street by the first week of October.
The decision was made after Monday’s public Town of Pasadena council meeting after hearing from the committee in charge. Town manager Brian Hudson said the materials have been ordered, the land has been selected and dog owners will get the first official dog park in Pasadena’s history.
Coun. Derrick Anthony said the town was able to put together funds of about $13,000 because of savings from another project. A lot of that, he said, went into fencing, which will be installed by the town. Warning signs will be installed to remind dog owners to clean up after their dog.
“One of the challenges we put to the committee was to outline the rules,” said Anthony.“It will be largely self-regulated by the user groups, no question, but we have to make sure our by-laws and guidelines are followed.”
‘Limited as to where we can go’
Pasadena resident Karen Smith said it is important to give dog owners a place to freely exercise their dogs safely. It also provides them with a place to go due to dogs not usually allowed at festivals or on the sports field during an event.
“I have two dogs, I don’t currently have kids, there are lots of things happening for kids and families, but nothing really for dog owners,” she said. “We are kind of limited as to where we can go, almost limited to just walking on leash or your own backyard, and I have very active dogs that need lots of exercise.”
Smith is a committee member and she said that in order for the park to work out favourably for all, dog owners have to be responsible for the inevitable mess that comes along with a dog park.
“There’ll be a set of rules done up and posted where everyone can see them, it will be a use at your own risk kind of park,” she said. “We’d like to get people to donate their shopping bags and we’ll do our best to provide accessible disposal.”
Pasadena recreation director Wanda Wight said the park had been on council’s agenda for approximately five years.
“I think this is wonderful for the town,” she said. “Dogs can only run so much in backyards and you can’t bring them on the back roads, or in town, so it’s a place to let them run around and blow off some energy, and to get dog owners together.”