Dog owners call for new shade structure at Elderslie dog park

Maya Walsh and her friend Mia Dawson with their beloved furry friends at Elderslie dog park. Picture: Supplied
Maya Walsh and her friend Mia Dawson with their beloved furry friends at Elderslie dog park. Picture: Supplied

Elderslie dog park is one of the region's most popular canine destinations, but dog owners say it is missing just one thing: a shade structure in the small dog section of the park.

The Camden Council facility has a shade structure set up in the large dog section but owners of small furry friends would like to see one in their part of the park.

Camden resident Kylie Walsh said residents had been asking the council to install shade at the dog park for several months.

"In March 2020 after contacting council regarding the lack of shade, I submitted to council a petition for shade with 117 names," she said.

"This was shortly after Covid hit and we went into lockdown and the parks were closed. Once restrictions were lifted, I submitted another digital petition with approximately 37 names.

"Several community members noted they themselves had phoned or contacted council regarding the lack of shade at Elderslie Dog Park before I started my petition."

Ms Walsh has been visiting the park for the past 16 months with her toy poodle Bruno and hopes to take her new 14-week-old pup, Millie, to the park once she is fully vaccinated.

She said dogs often seek shade under two metal bench seats or along the fence line in the small dog section.

"[Shade is needed] for protection against all elements for dog owners and their dogs," she said.

"It is a place where community members connect and share commonalities. Temperatures are known to be up in the high 30s and dogs still require exercise and mental stimulation, in addition to learning how to socialise.

"Sun protection is an important part of life in Australia. The sun can be harsh even in cooler months.

"Other dog parks within the local area have access to shade, however many pet owners prefer to utilise the Elderslie site because big dogs and small dogs are catered for separately."

Ms Walsh said the council had told her funding was available for a shade structure, but could not provide a timeline for construction.

"I started this process over 12 months ago for the community and their beloved dogs," she said.

"I would love to see it come to fruition for the good of the local community."

A Camden Council spokesman said a shade structure would be built at the park.

"Council has liaised with off-leash dog park users and investigated options for shade cover," he said.

"River Road Reserve in Elderslie is included in our current Local Road and Community Infrastructure program to receive additional shade, with timeframes yet to be determined."

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