SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The Township of Uxbridge has good news for dog owners in the area, with the opening of the first official off-leash dog park.
After a year and a half of planning, Councillor Pat Molloy is happy to finally see the project completed, and many dog owners in the area feel the same way.
“I think it’ll be used a lot by Uxbridge residents. I’ve heard from a lot of residents, [who] currently, now, will go to Stouffville or Newmarket [to use their] dog park,” he said. “This is going to give them an option, a place to go, and I think it’s going to be really well used.”
The off-leash dog park is a large space; It takes up approximately 1.5 to 2 acres. There is a trail around the dog park, made of recycled asphalt, and there will be benches as well as a little meeting area for residents to use.
The budget for the off-leash dog park was $15,000, and Councillor Molloy told the Standard, it’s money well spent.
Off leash dog parks bring many benefits to a community, they encourage people to exercise and stimulate social interaction with other pet owners. They also promote good canine physical health, as well as dog socialization, and discourage delinquent or criminal activity in dog parks.
Letting a dog off leash, to run around freely, without restraint, is a wonderful experience for both dogs and their owners, according to Councillor Molloy.
“It’s a great opportunity to let your dog’s off-leash and run, in a safe environment,” he said, “I think we all know there’s nothing like a dog running free, they love to play and it’s going to be great for the pets.”
Councillor Molloy added, the dog park will, kind of, become a community hub for dog owners. The dog park will attract like-minded animal lovers to one place. Councillor Molloy said, people who use the park frequently, will likely work to bring developments to it, over the next couple of years.
“I think we’ll see improvements every year [in] the park. It’s a work [in] progress,” he said.
The dog park only has three rules for users to follow: pick up after your dog, keep your dog under your control in the park, and let the dogs have fun.
Councillor Molloy thanks all the volunteers involved in making the dog park a reality. Anyone looking to take their dog for a walk in the newly opened park can find it located next to the Uxbridge Museum, on 7239 Concession Rd 6. The park is open dusk until dawn, and the township of Uxbridge welcomes all dog owners to use the newly opened park.
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