Dog park to open in Corner Brook

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Corner Brook will finally have a dog park.

City council approved the use of the former B diamond at Fred Basha Memorial Field, which was decommissioned when the Lions Centre was expected to be renovated for the Saltos Gymnastics Club, for a dog park at its in-committee meeting Monday, said Coun. Keith Cormier.

It was identified as a priority by this council, the need for which became apparent during the election campaign, said the rookie councillor.

A dog park has been a project previous councils have attempted to get done. There had always been opposition from area residents and users of various locations identified over the years, and a pilot project in 2011 never did come to fruition.

This time, under the guidelines similar to a pilot project, Cormier is confident it will be a success. The facility only requires some maintenance and minor renovations, like putting the fencing the city still has back up and altering the access to the Wellington Street tennis and volleyball courts.

The dog park will feature a combination of grass and pea gravel, and feature the various amenities typical of such parks. The enclosed structure will allow dog owners to let their animals run freely.

“It will be a great addition to the city,” Cormier said, noting residents have been travelling to places like Pasadena and Stephenville to avail of dog parks there.

Cormier said there is likely room for improvements or additional features, if the park is well used. The start up costs and related work is estimated to be about $20,000, and the Humber Rotary Club is sponsoring the project with a $5,000 donation.

Cormier believes the price is right to at least give the park a try.

“I am not for spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on something to find out it might not be used,” he said. “This way, we will know if it is indeed something the residents need to have.”

Cormier also hopes it will lead to dog owners not using other facilities, such as sports fields, to run their pets.

Cormier said no timeline has been established for the work, but he hopes to see the park open by the end of August.

Meanwhile, Gloria Piercey, president of the Humber Rotary Club, said the organization is happy to continue its charitable and community work through this project. The members of the business community have also heard the demand for this type of facility, she said, and it is the type of amenity professionals look for when deciding on a place to live.

“It is really wonderful to be part of this project,” she said. “We are all very excited about it.”

The dog park will be 100 feet by 100 feet.

Organizations: Lions Centre, Saltos Gymnastics Club, Humber Rotary Club

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Wellington Street, Pasadena Stephenville

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  • fmac
    August 08, 2014 - 11:33

    I think its about time for this..but we still won't be using it,if attended by the same ppl we met when ppl would meet up at the lookout soccer field...We found the ppl to be very snobby and judgmental...No we didn't pay hundreds and thousands for our dog but it don't make your dog any better...This is why we prefer to take our dogs elsewhere and not with the ppl of corner brook......But still its about time they did this

  • Daniel
    July 31, 2014 - 13:46

    Im very excited for this! Just recently got home from mount pearl where they had a great doggie park, Built in dog fountains for our pooch's to drink, a beautiful tree'd area for the dogs to run through, I brought my dog there for a few hours everyday and met so many dog owners. The experience is so much better then just bringing your dog to a walking trail. Watching your dog interact with 10 or more pups in a park running freely is breathtaking Hopefully they do take precautions such as the MP park. Split the park in half for dogs under 25lbs and over. Wouldn't want to see someones teacup poddle get ran over by my big ol boxer :) Anyway congrats Corner Brook for putting a smile on my face today, its well worth the money, but i may be a little bias toward the idea being a animal lover :)

  • Matt
    July 30, 2014 - 17:56

    As long as there are no more off leash dogs at all the other parks and trails. Hopefully this will make a couple irresponsible dog owners a bit more sensible.

  • Alex Lockyer
    July 30, 2014 - 14:44

    This is excellent news. Very exciting for dog owners!

  • WOW
    July 30, 2014 - 13:57

    I really don't see this as an great location for a dog park. There is soccer field, softball field and beach volleyball courts there. Really, take the B diamond formerly know as the women's fast pitch field and turn it into a dog park...surely there are better locations for a dog park, not right in the middle of the city.

  • My opinion
    July 30, 2014 - 10:19

    Pilot project. Hmmm, 5000.00 from the Rotary and 15000.00 from the city to renovate the area. I would imagine the city of Corner Brook is picking up the maintenance costs also their is potential for this city service to expand if the need is required and therefore more public money. I WONDER DID PROGRAM REVIEW IDENTIFY THIS AS A PRIORITY? In this financially challenged town. My opinion is the Rotary or other groups should take this on as a total project and pay for all maintenance costs. The city could give permission to use the public property as its donation. The citizens should not have to pay for dog owners and their need for public dog parks... I just wonder who was lobbying council and which councillors have decided to spend our tax in this fashion. This is not a meaningful way to do program review. Every $ is important. To this city Mr. Cormier and equally important is how it is priorized and spent. This is nothing more then politicing. I am quite sure this money could have made some much needed additional repairs on a neighborhood street. I am therefore not in favor of additional services to the city when we so desperately need funds for our crumbling infrastructure. Food for thought.

    • Lee Walsh
      July 30, 2014 - 14:01

      'My opinion' is just that, one persons opinion. It is about time that Corner Brook has gotten with the times and has an area designated as a dog park. I would certainly alot my tax payer dollats to its maintenance. We brand ourselves as an outdoor town being on the skirts of Gros Morne, Blomidon, etc.. Most large towns and cities across the country have dog parks now. If this is to go ahead I think that the proper structure should be in place. A water hole for dogs, proper garbage bins, a supply of poo bags, etc.. I have certainly spent my fair share of tax payers dollars on city beautification projects and money so that your kids to hang out in comfort at Bowater Park. It is about time you pay a little for a dog park.

    • Paul.
      July 30, 2014 - 16:39

      Lee its only a dog. I repeat a dog, not a child. Your comparison of a dog expenditure to our kids is unbelievable...If their was funding available I would rather spend it on the youth not a trotting park for mutts....

    • Dear Paul
      July 31, 2014 - 15:11

      You just sound like a hater. My tax dollars go to pay for peoples welfare and I don't agree to that but it happens anyway. Anywhere you go in Corner Brook you see someone walking a dog. Currently there is NO place for dogs to run off-leach in the city and dog owners are forced to use sports fields and walking trails if they want to give their dog a proper run. They don't want to be bothering the other people who use those facilities. They need a place they can call their own. It is about time this city is getting this. St. John's, Mount Pearl, Grand Falls-Windsor, Pasadena, and Stephenville all have dog parks so what is so wrong for Corner Brook to have one too?