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This week, the Council together with the Methven Community Board were very pleased to officially open the Methven Dog Park for residents and their four-legged friends.Once the ribbon was cut on Monday afternoon (12 August), the park’s first few visitors were quick to have a run-around and explore their new hangout on the corner of Dolma Street and Line Road.The establishment of a dog park is a great outcome for the Methven community, as it provides a designated area for people to exercise their pets off-leash and interact with other dogs in a purpose-built facility in their town. It is now the third fully fenced dog exercise area in the Ashburton District.The concept of a dog park in Methven has been on the radar since as early as 2009, and in 2010 an application was lodged for resource consent to use a section of land on Dolma Street as a dog park.
Due to some onerous conditions that were placed on the consent when it was granted in 2011, progress on the park ceased, but the idea was not abandoned.Under the current District Plan, recreational uses are permitted in residential areas on sites that are set aside for those purposes. This meant that this year, the opportunity to pick up the project where work had ended came about.After carrying out the official work required, which included a Notice of Requirement and accepting submissions (of which none were received), the Council was able to make some final touches to the site to ensure it was fit-for-purpose. Fence repairs and landscaping were completed, and a double gate, sealed entranceway, carpark, and water trough were added.The Council provides a range of dog control services and facilities in the district which are funded through the annual dog registration fees. With the only fenced dog exercise areas in the district being located in Ashburton, the Council and Methven Community Board could see there was a need for another park in Methven, and we are very pleased that this is now available.The Methven Dog Park allows local owners to run their pets around in a fully enclosed area during the day, and as with all dog parks, the dogs need to be under their owners’ control at all times.We hope the new facility will be a welcome addition to Methven and be greatly enjoyed by its canine residents.If you’d like to learn more about dog exercise areas in the Ashburton District, visit the Council website www.ashburtondc.govt.nz