Council is looking for an alternative safe place for local dog owners to exercise their canine friends in Beechworth.
This proposed dog park will encourage social connections among dog owners, promote recreation and active use of a community space.
At present, the town’s declared off-leash area is Baarmutha Park Recreation Reserve, which also includes the Beechworth Golf Course. There are risks involved in combining these two activities, and Council is seeking to find an alternative safe place for local dogs and their owners.
Council undertook a review of off-leash dog walking areas in Beechworth in late 2018 in response to concerns expressed about at the incompatibility of dog walking and golfing activities at Baarmutha Park.
As part of the review, a community survey and three drop in sessions were held to better understand the issues and consider suggestions for better management of off-leash dog areas across Beechworth.
To progress the concept of a fenced off leash dog park at Wallace Park, Council engaged a landscape architect to develop a concept site plan and cost estimates. The cost of a fenced off-leash park is estimated at $120,000.
Have your say
Council considered a report on the issue at its July meeting, and is now keen to hear from the community on the draft concept plan for Wallace Park. In particular, Council wants to know whether there is community support for the location, the investment required, the features proposed in the park and any other feedback that will assist Council with its decision making.
Use the form below to provide your feedback.
Council staff will also conduct an on-site session at Wallace Park and Beechworth Library on the following dates to allow further consultation before a final report is tabled at Council’s November meeting:
- Wallace Park: Tuesday 14 September 2021, 5:30pm
Under the current public health advice, gatherings are limited in public places to groups of 10, which means that numbers at each session will be limited.
We have a booking system for the Baarmutha Park session in place to ensure no groups larger than 10 people will be present at any given time.
The session will be broken up into 4 x 15 minute intervals and the time slots will close once capacity is reached. Please click the below button to book the time slot you would like to attend:
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Please keep in mind that if you intend to attend this session, you may still be required to wait upon arrival so that we can ensure we adhere to COVIDSafe requirements.
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