After two-years of planning with local students, the Meningie Dog Park was officially opened at the Meningie Community Sport Ground.
Students from Meningie Area School worked with the Coorong District council as part of a ‘real life’ project as part of their studies.
Students were closely involved throughout the community consultation phase; from designing the park signage, planting vegetation and even constructing the dog park equipment.
The park was officially opened on November 29 by councillor Sharon Bland and local student Mitchell Holme, who cut the ribbon in front of over 100 people.
The $44,000 project was funded by the council and includes a 1000 square metre space, bounded by a 1. metre chainmesh fence, with access to drinking water, waste disposal, irrigation, directional signage, shelter, seating and dog exercise equipment.
The council expressed it had been wonderful to see a strong and positive partnership developed over the course of the project between the school and council.
Mayor Paul Simmons believed the new dog park will encourage more tourists to visit Meningie and increase the community’s social interactions.
“Most public areas around Meninige require dogs to be on a leash, and the council has listened to the public’s desire to create a safe and inviting area to take your dog for some fun and exercise off-leash,” Mayor Simmons said.
“We expect the park’s amenities will encourage more visitors to drop in, or stay longer in the town – perhaps even deliver more overnight stays, which is positive for local businesses.
“The park will be a valuable recreational asset for the community allowing local people and their pets to socialise and support active and healthy lifestyles.”