It’s something many Frankston City canines have been begging for: another enclosed dog park where the likes of Gunner, pictured, can frolic with his furry friends and make new ones. With 4.5ha of open space featuring an enclosed playground for children, a basketball half-court with a rebound wall, and a recently upgraded skatepark, Sandfield Reserve in Carrum Downs will provide the ideal setting for dogs to socialise and explore in a safe space, according to Frankston City Council.
The council has received an $87,000 grant through the Government’s suburban parks program to deliver the dog park, which is expected to be open early next year. “This is great news for our community of dog lovers, who will soon have access to a secure space for their beloved fur family members to stretch their legs and get some fresh air,” said Mayor Sandra Mayer.
“Sandfield Reserve makes Frankston City home to five enclosed dog parks in addition to 33 free-roam areas in our parks and reserves,” Cr Mayer said. “It is important that Frankston City’s 16,500 registered dogs are happy, healthy and active and have opportunities to socialise and train in safe, off-leash locations such as enclosed dog parks like this.”
The council says the new park will provide physical exercise and mental stimulation for dogs and also allow owners to learn to control their pets in a confined area. Preliminary project scoping and the initial concept design has started, and community consultation seeking feedback on features of the park will begin in the next few months.