[CLOSED] New Dog Park | Shortlisted Sites

5 months ago
CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

3 sites have been shortlisted as potential locations for the new dog park;

  • Hazelmere Road Reserve, Glengowrie
  • Cadell Street Reserve, Seaview Downs
  • Dumbarton Reserve, Edwardstown
Join the conversation about the shortlisted sites for our new dog park in Marion.
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  • Lora 6 months ago
    Hi, Yes Hazelmere is already a dog park.I think Cadell Reserve would be good. there is a lot of area there that is not used and in the winter people seem to drive there cars on the grass to do donuts so it would cut out that behaviour as well. you wont have to move anything eg the playground were with Dumbarton you will to make it if in for space.Thanks
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    • Lee 5 months ago
      Hi Lora, the area is well used, however , over summer months when Marion Council refuse to water the northern end it turns to dust and becomes overridden with prickles so it's not nice for children to play there. We have managed to encourage Marion Council to resume watering the nothern end in recent weeks - and families and children are again using the northern end. Cadell Street Reserve is not ideal as the location is too close to residential homes - Dog and Cat Management board recommend to Councils to NOT locate dog parks near homes, and to ensure adequate off street parking is available. Further, recommendations note to not locate dog parks where there will be conflicting activities and specifically to not locate a dog park near children's playgrounds. In the case of Cadell Street Reserve children are riding bikes, playing ball sports in areas which are all unfenced. As the reserve is off-leash, a dog park will attract further dogs and increase the issues that already exist. Some dog owners allow their dogs to run through the playground and chase children's bike wheels. They run up to small children in an attempt to play however most young children respond with screams and or running - which causes further issues. In Seaview Downs Council will soon increase housing density by 300% whilst at the same time halving remaining open space for families to recreate - there is no more open green space available so once the remaining area is gone it cannot be replaced.
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      • Lora 5 months ago
        Well I don't agree.As I also live very vey close to Cadell Reserve I have never seen family's play on the northern side. people don't even like taking dogs on that side as there are a lot of grass seed. I also never seen dogs chasing kids wheels but dose not mean its doesn't happen, and having a dog park there would stop that kind of behaviour don't you thinkLike Hazelmere dog park that shares a fence with the kids play ground and they have a cricket pitch inside the dog park and a tennis court on the other side. If its all fenced off I cant see what the difference is. There are houses all around there parks just the same. there is still a big open grass area on the other end of the park for people to use. If there is increasing housing then there will be increasing dogs too. I have taken my kids and dogs across the road to that park for 12 years and think it would be a good space and use of that area, and fully aware traffic will increase. But each to there own.
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        • Elsie 5 months ago
          Hi all. I agree with Lora. I live around 2 blocks away from Cadell Reserve and do not often see it used around the times that I walk past with my dog, however when I have seen it used it's often by dogs. As for the park being near housing, I feel it would get used more when close to housing as it would be a convenient location for more people. Also, most other dog parks are in similar proximity to housing and to a playground as Cadell Reserve is. Having it in a location as such makes it a hub for all members of the community, rather than just those with kids. As I am young and don't have kids, my opinions may be skewed but I doubt I am the only person in the area that is young with no kids and a dog or two. I would love for Cadell to be a dog park.
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          • Lee 5 months ago
            Hi Elsie, pity the children will be left to play cricket and ball in the street dodging cars whilst dogs play safely behind a $300,000 fence. The idea is short sighted, with 300% increase in housing density in this suburb due to Marion Council's rezoning activity, it is irresponsible to remove half the remaining open space, knowing full well the increasing demand for families to play safely, off the street.
    • jazz 5 months ago
      i agree lora cadell is the only real option. the owners around cadell just dont want cars and dogs running around. but thats gonna happen. As for the 300% housign increase that happening everywhere trust me I have parents who live in two different locations in marion council. one lives in glengowrie near hazelmere reserve and new apartments are being built everywhere so dont think its just you. plus i have never seen anyone using the park and i have friends who live on wilson avenue who welcome this as it may bring some life back into seaview downs.
  • Lee 5 months ago
    Marion Council will soon increase housing density by 300% in Seaview Downs whilst at the same time halving the only open green space suitable for children to kick a ball. Cadell Street Reserve is void of trees in it's interior which makes it perfect for kites due to the gully winds, boomerangs, football etc all of which ours and many families enjoy. Once the space is gone it cannot be replaced. Marion Council should consider more suitable locations that do not remove 50% of the remaining open space left for families.
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    • Elsie 5 months ago
      Hi Lee, where have you seen that they are looking to increase the housing density in Seaview Downs? All I can find on the topic is that they are pushing for reduced housing density in the area. I could have just missed something but can you please post a link to where I could find out more about this? Thanks
  • mookat 5 months ago
    Lee, I agree with everything you have posted. Cadell Street Reserve is the wrong site for a dog park. I have family who live on site opposite the park and I am there several times a week, often putting my grandchild down for an afternoon sleep. The parents are also shift workers....how is this going to be a pleasant experience for them, when the bedroom faces the park and will be only metres from constant barking dogs, cars constantly stopping and starting and taking up street space? I also know many families living there like to enjoy the peace, the view, the sunsets from their front verandahs and did indeed buy their houses with this in mind to enjoy. Having a fenced dog cage to look at instead, accompanied by the ongoing noise, possible dog/owner conflicts, faeces not collected by some owners etc is not something to look forward to. I can assure some people wondering, that the northern end of the park is well used ,when the Marion Council deign to water it. It is the best spot for kite flying and learning to ride bikes. I too, have read the Dog and Cat Management board's book and there is a lot in there that the Marion Council seem to want to ignore. It did say that Councils should not locate dog parks near homes and reading further, it is clear that the Cadell St Reserve is totally unsuitable for a dog park. The benefits consumed by dog owners would subtract from the benefits available to others. It would greatly subtract from the immediate residents current peaceful lifestyle. I also strongly object to my ratepayers money going onto this unnecessary proposal. A dog park might have its place but Cadell St Reserve is a foolish choice. Being privy to often watching the variety of activities in the Reserve from one of the houses facing it, I cannot imagine how they could all continue in a much smaller space all together. At the moment, there is enough space for all and any noise is easily dispersed and unnoticed by the residents. My grandchild (and others) love the park, have picnics there and learn to do new things. How sad it would be if it became a place to avoid. One can only hope that the public consultations are taken into account and that the Marion Council are not just jumping correct political hoops and going ahead anyway. I have listened to many neighbours in the area and haven't yet heard anyone wanting the dog park there. The people I have listened to have spoken with a great deal of anxiety about it actually happening.
  • Lee 5 months ago
    Cadell Street Reserve is not a suitable location - currently it could be argued the northern end is not used however when the grass is maintained children and families return and enjoy the space. In recent weeks Marion Council have resumed watering and this weekend was evidence the number of families and children that enjoy the open space. Cadell Street Reserve is not ideal as the location is too close to residential homes - Dog and Cat Management board recommend to Councils to NOT locate dog parks near homes, and to ensure adequate off street parking is available. Further, recommendations note to not locate dog parks where there will be conflicting activities and specifically to not locate a dog park near children's playgrounds. In the case of Cadell Street Reserve children are riding bikes, playing ball sports in areas which are all unfenced. As the reserve is off-leash, a dog park will attract further dogs and increase the issues that already exist. Some dog owners allow their dogs to run through the playground and chase children's bike wheels. They run up to small children in an attempt to play however most young children respond with screams and or running - which causes further issues.
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    • w 5 months ago
      Hi Lee, Looking at the proposed plans for Cadell reserve its only the northern end that will be fenced of and used as a general (all) dog park so families will still be able to enjoy the southern area but now without free running dogs annoying them. The reserve is now an off lead area so by changing by designating a Dog park fenced area this should eliminate those issues you mentioned. Oh and large dogs will be in the Dog park with all of the others.
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      • Lee 5 months ago
        The southern end is a very small space that already does not allow for multiple activities - eg a group of teenagers playing football and a young children trying to throw a frisbee. The lawned area that is maintained post playground development is much much smaller than pre playground. This combined with a 300% increase in housing density in the immediate area, as being pursued by City Of Marion, will mean there will be few opportunities for children to have access to the remaining space at all. Halving remaining available space for family recreation to allocate to single use only space a very expensive and short sighted view. A community requires certain elements so it's members can live well - and this includes sufficient open space for a variety of recreational activities. Single purpose sites are not sustainable with increasing pressure for urban infill. Be it for dog, cat or whatever - there simply is not enough space to limit it to single purpose. Restricting open space for families will have consequences for years to come. Upfront this will cost $300k, then add ongoing maintenance, but more importantly add in cost to the community over time. Perhaps the children can return to playing cricket in the streets whilst dogs play safely behind the $300k fence.
  • Henri 5 months ago
    I think Cadell street is a lovely area. I like that we can use it for both dogs and our family and when visitors come over. The children love running up and down the park. Possibly fence off the small playground so the toddlers don't wander out. Otherwise I thinks it perfect the way it is.
  • Henri 5 months ago
    I think Cadell street is a lovely area. I like that we can use it for both dogs and our family and when visitors come over. The children love running up and down the park. Possibly fence off the small playground so the toddlers don't wander out. Otherwise I thinks it perfect the way it is.
  • Hippo 6 months ago
    Hazelmere reserve already is a dog park. I dont believe it needs to be changed in any way. It meets current comm u nity needs with p l enty of space for dogs to roam, there is also a suitably fenced and well laid out dog free zone with p l enty of car parking. I believe the council has done a great job with this community asset.There should be more parks such as this one throughout the council area
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    • w 5 months ago
      Hippo unfortunately as much as we want it to be Hazelmere is not an official Dog Park. According to Marion Councils bylaws it is only a reserve where dogs are allowed off leash while under effective control just the same as most other reserves. This means when organised sport is played dogs must be on lead, now its been several years since we have had footy or cricket played there but that is what used to happen. So by declaring it a Dog Park means that sport cannot come back and we can continue to use it just for our dogs.There are many things that could be changed to make it better, more shade (trees), a second water bowl with a decent drain, a walking path all of the way round, some dog activities like low jumps, a tunnel, a board walk type bridge so dogs can go over or under. I'm sure there are many other owners that have ideas for the park that would be good for our dogs to interact with.So lets use this opportunity to improve what is I agree a great park.
  • LA 5 months ago
    I just can’t understand why council want to spend all this money on a ‘new’ dog park if they can’t maintain grass on what seems to be an already in demand and popular area? (cadell)Hazelmere is already a fantastic facility and should not be changed unless only to option 2 of adding more trees. Do not divide a beautiful big oval for the sake of separating large and small dogs, it would be such a shame to lose that space. If they move the boundary fence then how will people access the car park with dogs? Seems bizarre they would reduce the fence there. Cadell should just be maintained accordingly so people can have it mixed use. It should be fenced for the safety of kids and dogs too.Dumbarton should go with option A as to allow people to be able to excercise their dogs and take their kids to play and not have to worry about a fence between. Do they realize how many of our population want to take the kids and the dog to the park and exercise everyone at once without being separated?!
  • Lee 5 months ago
    Hi Lora, our family and many others were playing out there Saturday late afternoon and Sunday, cheers!
  • Lee 5 months ago
    Existing users of Cadell Street Reserve will no longer be able to exercise large dogs should this proposal proceed. By designating half the open space as a small dog only space, large dogs will have no option to exercise off leash as the southern area is zoned as playground. All children's sports/bike/ball play will be restricted to this much smaller space at the southern end meaning increased risk of conflict should dog owners try and exercise their large dogs off leash in this space. The location is not at all suitable and shortlisting Cadell Street Reserve is at conflict with recommendations made to Councils by the Dog and Cat Management board. Currently the open space is multipurpose and there is a natural balance between family and dog recreation. Restricting all large dogs and families to the much smaller southern end will cause conflict and increased risk of harm of children and or dogs..