Yarragon off-leash dog park receives funding

Baw Baw Shire will build a new fully fenced off-leash dog park at Dowton Park Reserve in Yarragon, after successfully receiving funding from the Victorian Government.

The $177,000 project will be fully funded through the Victorian Government’s Building Works package, which is providing $2.7 billion towards projects across the state.

The park will be one of 10 dog parks built in regional Victoria this year, offering the community and visitors with a secure open space for dogs to play, socialise and learn.

Dowton Park’s existing off-leash area will be fully upgraded within the next year to include a range of features, including different zones to cater for dogs of different sizes and behaviours.

A variety of dog-friendly design elements will be installed, including mounds, rocks and agility equipment.

Pathways, trees and garden beds will also be integrated into the design for shade and green space, along with drinking water (for dogs and humans), shelter, signage, bins and seating.

Council will begin the design phase of the project in October, with construction planned to take place in early 2021.

The new dog park will be the fourth fully fenced premium dog park in Baw Baw Shire, after Council officially opened parks in Warragul, Trafalgar and Drouin in June.

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