The Off Leash Dog Park Support Group believe that this facility needs, most of all, to be accessible to the majority of dog owners. For this reason, we feel that it would be best located somewhere along the existing Apex Walking Track. This track is already frequently used by people walking dogs and accessible from both sides of the Sevens Creek. There are also areas where people with less mobility can access by car. It is most likely to be used by people who wish to add an off-leash component into their dog's walk. If it needs a car to bring the dog to the site, it is likely to be less used. The proposed pedestrian bridge linking the Memorial and Friendlies Ovals will make access even easier.
Our suggested locations are, either the C. Kemp Park on the Caravan Park side of Burtons Bridge or the old BMX track site opposite the Guide Hall.
Advantages/Disadvantages of each.
1. C.Kemp Park. This is possibly the most visible location. It would be easily accessed by locals, visitors stopping at the Sevens Park and Caravan Park users. (Caravan Park is already dog-friendly.) It also has water, shade and seating close by and is already maintained by the Shire. However, it is a public park and some people may object to converting it to a dog park. It is also used for other purposes such as passive recreation, playing cricket, fishing and the Show 'n Shine. It is arguably one of the the most attractive of the public places along the Sevens Creek and having a fence around it will change its amenity.
2. Old BMX Track. this site is under utilised at present . Easily accessed from both sides of the Creek and parking along Turnbull Street available. It is a pleasant natural environment with ample shade. However, it would require considerable work to make the site suitable for this purpose, such as cleaning up soil and debris dumped there and to slash the grass. May be difficult to maintain (mow) due to trees and bumps. May also be difficult to provide water to site. Also less visible to general public and visitors.