Gilpin Park enclosed dog park
One of the objectives of Council's Domestic Animal Management Plan (PDF 1Mb) is to investigate the possibility of a dog only agility park. This is traditionally an area which is fenced off with a dual access gate entry.
These parks are designed to provide dogs with physical exercise and mental stimulation, help prevent behavioural problems, and allow dog owners to learn to control their dog in a confined area.
At the November 2017 Council meeting, Council endorsed Gilpin Park, Brunswick as the preferred location for the enclosed dog park.
The whole of Gilpin Park will remain an off leash park (PDF 1Mb) and local laws apply.
Concept plan for Gilpin Park enclosed dog park
A draft concept plan has been prepared for the enclosed dog park at Gilpin Park.
Council asked for feedback on the Gilpin Park Enclosed Dog Park draft concept plan (PDF 1Mb) during February 2018:
- information postcards were distributed to households near Gilpin Reserve advising of the Concept Plan that had been prepared and was available for viewing on the Moreland public website.
- people were invited to consider the proposals and submit feedback on the concept plan, which would be considered in the next step of developing a detailed design for construction.
- feedback closed at 5 pm on Monday 5 March 2018, with over 60 responses including comment on the draft concept plan and providing suggestions for changes or improvements.
Of all the responses submitted there was a very clear majority in favour of the proposal to have a dog enclosure in Gilpin Park, with a ratio of approximately 4:1 expressing a level of support compared with those who object to the proposal.
Responses in favour
Of those who support the proposal, a significant number expressed little or no reservation about the concept plan as presented. For others there were some concerns about particular aspects of the proposed dog enclosure, including:
- type and height of fencing to be used – possibly too high or not appropriate to the park setting
- overall size of the space – some suggesting it is too large and others too small
- ground surfaces prone to causing dust nuisance
- limited provision of ‘agility’ elements in the space.
Objections to the proposal questioned the expense of creating a dog enclosure and what value it provides to the broad range of park users. It is suggested the funding is better applied to providing other park facilities not dedicated exclusively to dog owners, such as:
- adventure playground
- public toilets
- shade structure or gazebo
- more shade tree planting for seating throughout the park
- fencing around the perimeter of the reserve, making a dog enclosure unnecessary.
Strong objections were received expressing a perception of nuisance, which would impact mostly on households along Pearson Street, including increased parking and elevated noise levels from having dogs congregated in an enclosed space.
The perception seems to be that the proposed location for the dog enclosure is in close proximity to those households and this would be alleviated by relocating the facility away from Pearson Street.
The overall level of support for some form of dog enclosure in Gilpin Park is seen as endorsement of the proposal and work will now commence on design development leading to preparation of detailed design for construction.
The process of design development will take into account all of the feedback received on the initial draft concept plan.
A particular focus will be on relocating the proposed dog enclosure at a more appropriate distance from all residential areas surrounding the reserve.
Once the process of design development is completed a revised concept plan will be made available for viewing, which is expected to occur in mid-April 2018.
All those who have contacted Council on the proposal will be notified at that time of the new posting on the Moreland public website.
For more information please email Open Space or phone Council on 8311 4300.