Lower Hutt Mayor Campbell Barry and Wainuiomata Ward Councillor Keri Brown turned the first sod today to mark the start of work on the Wainuiomata dog park.
Campbell Barry says he is delighted to see work starting on the park, and is looking forward to seeing dog owners from across the city using the space later this year.
“The new park is going to be a great asset for all dog owners right across Lower Hutt. It’s fantastic to celebrate this milestone, particularly with the Waiu Dog Park Committee who have been working hard behind the scenes,” says Campbell Barry.
“While there has been some unfortunate delays with the project, we are now getting on with the job.”
Keri Brown says that the park will create a safe place for local dogs and become a place which makes great social connections among our local dog owners.
“Allowing dogs to play with each other in these spaces is shown to have great benefits for them, making them happier, healthier and less aggressive,” says Keri Brown.
The dog park is located at the end of Waiu Street, Wainuiomata, and includes car parking space. The park will be fenced off, and contains natural spaces and walkways, with a small beach by the stream for dogs to swim in, as well as a dog wash area near the entrance. There will also be an area reserved for smaller dogs only.
The park is likely to be completed by May 2021, although the project is weather dependent as significant earthworks are needed.