Dog park hailed as huge asset

It is open . . . Putting up the signs at the newly opened Clutha Dog Park over the weekend are Naish Park Co-ordinating Group members (from top) Wayne Felts, Rob Mills and Sarah Van Asperen. PHOTO: JOHN COSGROVE
John Cosgrove

The Clutha district’s first dog park is now open.
The much-anticipated facility is now officially open for visitors and their canine companions after months of planning and work by the Naish Park Coordinating Group, a group of volunteers that was formed in 2017.
The dog park is part of a much larger overall plan to reinvigorate Balclutha’s Naish Park, and to form a new destination playground in the green space beside the Centennial Swimming Pool.
The space also includes the new bike park.
The dog park includes two separate spaces to exercise and socialise small and large dogs in a secure environment, with waste receptacles, water sources and seating provided, and with a view to installing some agility equipment in the future.
Naish Park Co-ordinating Group chairman Jared McPhee said they were thrilled by the level of support received from the community so far.
“The dog park was made possible thanks to a generous grant from Clutha Vets, but businesses such as Clem Munro Builders and Southern Plumbing & Heating also mucked in to help with donating time and materials to make it happen,’’ he said.
“The Clutha Vets Dog Park is a wonderful facility, and is the very first of its kind in the Clutha district — a huge asset to the community, given the high rates of dog ownership locally.”