The Dog Days of summer is near. Dogs will have a safe place in Greater Sudbury to run and play off-leash when the City opens its first off-leash dog park in early September.
Located on a parcel of land at the corner of Second Avenue North and Donna Drive in Minnow Lake, the approx. 7 acres fenced off-leash dog areas will provide responsible dog owners from out of town, and residents living in Minnow Lake and throughout the City of Greater Sudbury an alternative to running their dogs off-leash on trails throughout the city or in park hockey areas, where it is not permitted.
‘Its exciting to see this community inspired and supported project come to reality!’, says Pierre Perreault, Chairperson of the Dogs Off-Leash in Greater Sudbury (DOGS) Committee. ‘Our committee of community dog owners, supporters and friends, has been working hard with the Minnow Lake Communication Action Network and especially with our City Councillor, Terry Kett to make this happen.’
The Dog Park will have two fenced off-leash areas, one for small and older dogs and a second larger area for large breeds. Development of the site, which was appropriately zoned for park land, began on July 23, 2012. The dog park will be accessed from an entrance created off Second Avenue across from Scarlett Street. There is parking for approx. 25 vehicles.
The creation of Greater Sudbury’s first off-leash dog park will make it easier for people to comply with the City’s by-law that requires dogs to be leashed at all times throughout the City other than designated off-leash areas. Greater Sudbury residents own an estimated 50,000 dogs, and dog off-leash areas were identified as a significant need when the City developed its Parks and Recreation Master Plan.
The D.O.G.S. Committee encourages those interested in seeing the site to view the videos available on the www.youtube.com/SudburyDogPark website and remain off-site as it’s an active construction zone and not safe or open to the public at this time. For more information on the YouTube Channel or the Committee’s work, please visit their website at www.dogsoffleash.ca. It is expected that Dog Park will open within a matter of weeks with the Grand Opening Ceremony to follow sometime in September.