Ashburton residents now have a new place to take their dog to run and socialise with other pets, following the opening of a new dog exercise area on Range Street this week.
Ashburton District Council has completed work on a brand new dog exercise area at the end of Range Street, next to the Ashburton Resource Recovery Park, and residents are now welcome to bring their pooch along to play.
Council Environmental Monitoring Manager Rick Catchpowle says the exercise area is on a large section and is
"Council is very pleased to provide this facility. It helps give dog owners a variety of locations around town to take their pets, and we encourage visitors to be as courteous at this area as they are at other dog exercise areas."
The new dog exercise area sits at the top of a short drive and has a waste bag dispenser. A water trough for the dogs will be installed later in the year.
Mr Catchpowle says the area can get muddy in places, and advises visitors to wear sturdy shoes or gumboots.
He also reminds residents that while dogs are allowed to be off leash inside the exercise area, they must be under their owner's control at all times.
There are now two fully fenced dog exercise areas in Ashburton, the other being located at the end of William Street. For a full list of locations dogs are allowed to run off-leash, click here.