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Construction begins on Sparwood’s first off-leash dog park

Today the District of Sparwood announced that the construction of Sparwood’s first off-leash dog park is underway.

The park, located at 441 Pine Avenue, is said to provide a safe space for dogs and their owners to enjoy off-leash exercise in open grass spaces and forested trails.

Construction is projected to continue for the next six to eight weeks, which will include approximately 600 metres of new trails, 400 metres of fencing, three double-access gates and a maintenance gate. It is also said to include a new trail alongside the fenced dog park area which will be made to ensure those who do not wish to go into the park can still enjoy the area.

“Council is thrilled to see this project begin,” said Sparwood mayor David Wilks.

“We commend the Friends of the Sparwood Dog Park volunteer group for all their hard work, extensive consultation, fundraising and continued dedication to this park. We know this space will be well utilized in the community.”

Chair of the Friends of the Sparwood Dog Park volunteer group, Lynn Edward, thanked the many groups that helped get them this far.

“The Friends of the Sparwood Dog Park volunteer group would like to sincerely thank the District of Sparwood, Teck, Columbia Basin Trust, The Elk Valley Thrift Society, [Sparwood] Husky, Sarah’s Dog Spaw and all of the community members that have supported us through this process, we couldn’t have done it without you,” she said.

“We are very excited for construction to begin on the dog park and look forward to the years of enjoyment it will bring to our community.”

The District explained in a release that park maintenance that includes cutting grass and snow removal to the entrance from the parking lot, installation of dispenser bags, waste receptacles and signage will be overseen by their personnel. The District further explained that all park users will be expected to follow park rules, including being in control of their dogs at all times and picking up after their pets immediately.

“Sparwood residents are encouraged to steer clear of the area during construction and watch for an update on for the official opening of the Sparwood Off-Leash Dog Park,” said the District.

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