The City of Casey has welcomed the State Government’s announcement yesterday to support our residents with pooches by committing to fund $275,000 towards an off-leash dog park at Casey Fields.
Construction of the dog friendly space, valued at more than $300,000, will commence in October this year with plans for completion in late January 2021.
Council has advocated for this much-needed project over the past year, due to the growing Cranbourne East resident and dog populations.
The park will provide a purpose built, open-space environment for dogs and their owners to exercise in an area where residential blocks are small.
City of Casey Chair Administrator Noelene Duff PSM said this is great news for the local community and looks forward to seeing the project get underway.
“This project will see the construction of a fenced dog area at Council’s premier sporting facility, Casey Fields, and will be a much-welcomed addition by our residents,” Ms Duff said.
“It will include a fenced area with open grass, crushed rock, trees, shrubs, rocks and mounding areas that engage and interest dogs, and provide shade for visitors.
“The gated entrance will have concrete pads and users will also have access to drinking water, waste bag dispensers and bins, along with appropriate seating and shelter.”
Ms Duff said that the announcement comes at a great time, following the extensive isolation our residents have endured to help curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
“After a significant period of isolation over the last few months, I can’t wait to see our dog owners make the most of this fantastic new facility when it opens at the beginning of next year.
“This challenging period in our lives has demonstrated the benefit of open space, parks and reserves and this new addition is a wonderful outcome for our City.”
The dog friendly space will:
- provide open space for people with limited access to space for dogs to exercise,
- feature a safe off-leash area for dogs, and
- promote social engagement, a sense of community and responsible dog ownership.
The City of Casey would like to acknowledge this significant contribution by the State Government, with 24 new parks announced across Victoria yesterday, being delivered through the first round of the local parks component of the $154 million Suburban Parks Program.