The Council has finalised the location for a new fenced dog park in Belmont, paving the way for detailed design and construction to begin.
The park will be built in the large open space reserve under the James Harrison Bridge, at 162 Barrabool Road.
It will be funded via a $225,000 grant from the Victorian Government, part of the state’s Building Works stimulus package. The grant was announced on 26 August, after a successful application from the City of Greater Geelong.
The City released concept plans for the proposed park in June, inviting community feedback.
Features of the plans include:
- A dog training and obstacle area;
- Challenges such as balance beams, hurdles, weave poles, a tunnel and sand area;
- A separate space for small and/or timid dogs;
- Paths and seating.
Nine formal submissions were supportive of the chosen site for the park, while an overwhelming majority of informal online engagements were also in favour. There was one formal submission objecting to the location, with concerns primarily relating to parking and site drainage.
A Submissions Review Panel made up of six councillors acknowledged the submitter’s objection but concluded that the site was well located and suited for the development, giving its support for the project to go ahead.
The park is expected to be built early in 2021.