DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Scugog council received an update on their dog park project at a meeting on Monday, June 3rd.
At the meeting, councillors saw a report from Carol Coleman, Scugog’s Director of Public Works, Parks and Recreation, which provided information on the results of the survey, a proposed design for the dog park and the next steps for the project.
In April, the Township put out a survey for residents to provide their input on the project. Ms. Coleman’s report stated the top three things people felt were most important for the design of an off-leash dog park is that it “be fully fenced, that there be parking [and] that there be shade.”
The survey also found a majority of respondents “agreed with the proposed location”, which the report states is “the wooded area next to Cawkers Creek between the Carolyn Best Ball Diamonds and the Scugog Soccer Fields” off of Old Simcoe Rd.
A total of 177 surveys were completed, according to the report.
In her report, Ms. Coleman wrote Township staff met with the president of the Port Perry Snowmobile Club during this process, and the “president indicated that there are already a number of people that use this trail to walk dogs and that he didn’t feel there would be any issues with sharing the trails.”
Regarding the proposed design, Ms. Coleman’s report states the design includes a fenced-in area of about one hectare in size, which is the same size as the Uxbridge Off-Leash dog park. The design also includes double entry gates at southwest and northeast corners, grass walkways, “clearing a larger area for dogs to run”, signage with the rules of the park and a garbage bin at one of the entrances.
The Township’s next steps, according to Ms. Coleman, are to follow up with agencies to find out if there is any environmental work required, proceed with making improvements to the Carolyn Best parking lot, prepare a request for quotations for the fencing and signage for the park, and then the Township expects to construct the park this fall.
“It is expected that both the construction of the dog park and improvements to the Carolyn Best Ball Diamonds parking lot can be completed within the approved budget of $45,000,” Ms. Coleman’s report read.
Ward 4 Councillor Deborah Kiezebrink asked Ms. Coleman when she expects to have the final rules for the park come before council.
“Staff will be reviewing those a bit more, and coming up with finalized rules. We don’t want to have excessive amounts of rules, but we also want to make sure that all the people are protected. As for timeframe, we can circulate a draft to council before we print the sign,” Ms. Coleman responded.
Ward 5 Councillor Lance Brown questioned if the Township would be liable for one dog attacking another at the park.
“The park is a public place, so any aggression between dogs, any issues of that sort would go to animal control,” Denise Stephenson, a Scugog bylaw officer, said. “No more [liability] than if someone was walking down the street, or in Palmer Park, or anywhere else.”
Ward 2 Councillor Janna Guido said this park will be beneficial for Scugog residents.
“For those that are in town that have a smaller property, or they just want the opportunity to socialize their dog with other dogs, this is a great benefit,” she said.
Council later voted to endorse Ms. Coleman’s report.
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