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Dog park . . . The Waimate showgrounds could become home for a new dog and agility park. PHOTO: CLAIRE ALLISON)

by Chris Tobin

Moves are afoot to establish a dog and agility park at the Waimate A&P Showgrounds.

The Waimate Dog Owners Collective, which has 120 members, asked the Waimate District Council’s community services and development committee this week if $18,250 set aside by the council in 2017 for a dog park could be spent on a facility at the showgrounds.

Senior council administration support officer Helen Strachan said in 2017 the council approved the use of Murrayfield, Knottingley Park for a dedicated dog park.

The proposal is for the Southern Canterbury A&P Association to lease ground to the dog owners’ collective on an initial lease of five years with the right of renewal.

Reto Oswald, of the A&P association, said the association supported the plan.

The dog owners’ collective said it and the A&P association had similar aims and goals and “are both excited about this opportunity to partner and create a dog and agility park which benefits both organisations and the community”.

The park would be sited at the eastern corner of the showgrounds and the collective would be responsible for maintaining the signage, fencing, equipment and grounds and covering health and safety costs.

The Waimate district has 2895 registered dogs (914 urban) and 1490 registered dog owners (666 urban).