Letting the pooches run free

A new off-leash dog park in Lewiston was officially opened last month, with dog lovers and their beloved pooches from around the district revelling in the freedom to run free in a secure and inviting area.

Adelaide Plains Council mayor, Mark Wasley, officially opened the new dog park, which is located adjacent Lewiston playground, off Pederick Road.

Mayor Wasley said the council area was home to more than 5000 dogs and the space was a welcome addition to the area.

“The establishment of a Lewiston dog park was identified and supported to be established by the elected body and is partly funded through the DACO System, from fees of local dog registrations,”he stated.

“Dogs SA, the Dog and Cat Management Board, and the local Two Wells dog and obedience clubs have a vested interest in dog facilities for their members and all dog owners.”

New head trainer at Adelaide Plains Kennel and Obedience Club (APKOC), Robyn Mineff, welcomed the off-leash park opening, with her three Shepherds and young granddaughter all enjoying the new facilities.

“It’s beautiful,” Robyn said.

“There’s lots of green space and it’s a good place to socialise your dog; it’s good socialisation for the people too.”

While there are two designated spaces at the park – one for puppies and small dogs, the other for older and larger dogs – Robyn advised it was always a good idea to speak to other dog owners before entering.

“Just be respectful of other dogs and dog owners,” she said.

“Ask before you enter.”

Another enjoying the dog park opening was Narrie Macartney.

Despite living on more than 75 acres of land in the Lewiston area, Narrie said the new off-lead dog park was the perfect space to let her much-loved miniature pinscher dogs run around safely.

“Here the dogs can run loose in a safe space,” Narrie said.

“It’s very good for socialising the dogs and there are no roos or rabbits to chase.”

Local resident, dog owner and APC councillor, Kay Boon, was thrilled with the new area for off-leash dog activities.

“I’m absolutely rapt at this new facility,” she said.

“The grass is a big drawcard (and) it’s a safe space to let your dog off lead.”

APC has advised the park is not yet complete, with obstacles still to be included, landscaping finished, and shade and seating facilities to be installed.

Adelaide Plains Council received funding through the federal government’s Drought Communities Program for the project.

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