Dog Park

Did You Know... Dogs and dog owners can now enjoy the benefits of an off-leash dog park in Athabasca. A trial park has opened at the old Jubilee Park ball diamond across from Edwin Parr Composite High School.

 

Trial Run for Off-Leash Dog Park Begins

       
Jubilee Park ball diamond, now the trial site for an off-leash dog park in Athabasca. Plenty of room for the dogs to run. A fire hydrant, too!
 

Dogs and dog owners now have an opportunity to experience and enjoy the benefits of an off-leash dog park in Athabasca.

Located on the site of the old Jubilee Park ball diamond across from Edwin Parr Composite High School, the dog park has opened for a three-month trial to see if there is enough public interest in it.

Town peace officer Shaun Woloschuk is enthusiastic about the potential of the park, not only for the health of the dogs delighting in their freedom to run, but for other community benefits the park has to offer as well.

“The park is for the animals,” says Shaun. “Dogs aren’t made to be kept on a leash or in the backyard. They like to run and they enjoy socializing with each other.”

He also envisions students from the high school and seniors from the nearby Pleasant Valley Lodge stopping by to watch the frolicking canines, and he sees the possibility for dog training courses and other dog-related presentations or demonstrations at the park.

The dog park will run until the end of October, weather permitting. The basic rules of use for the site will be posted and a sign-in sheet will be provided to help measure and monitor the popularity of the park. A suggestion box may be provided as well, as all feedback is welcome.

“We’re putting an old fire hydrant at second base and there will be bags and receptacles for waste,” notes Shaun. “We may possibly put up a signboard for people selling pet-related items.”

The success of the dog park will be up to the users who Shaun expects will help monitor the site for safety and reasonable cleanliness.

“We’ll see how it goes. If we’re getting lots of people using it, then that will prove its feasibility. I’ll present the results to Town Council after the trial period,” he says.

Shaun reminds residents that all animals in Athabasca, including both dogs and cats, must be up-to-date on their shots and licensing. Owners and caregivers are encouraged to carry their license documentation if their animal is not wearing a tag.

For more information about the off-leash dog park in Athabasca, contact Shaun at the Town Office, 780-675-2063.

 

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