We worked with local dog experts and community members to design a new fenced dog recreation area, now open for dogs and their owners to enjoy at Plimmerton Domain.
The area is about 8000sqm and is designed for dogs of all shapes and speeds, with paths, gates, drinking water (for dogs and humans), and even a dog shower should dogs get muddy in the wetter months.
The area is for use during daytime hours only.
We will be planting some areas of the fenced zones at a later date when the success rate for plant survival is high.
This zone is the largest of the three zones and is aimed at dogs that have lots of energy and that are highly stimulated by what is around them. The design includes pathways, planting and features to encourage movement around the space and to allow for different usages within the space.
This is a smaller zone with pathways and plantings that encourage movement around the space. This zone is targeted towards smaller or lower-energy dogs that would possibly be overwhelmed in the high energy zone.
This zone is for dogs or owners that need to use a separate area for their dog exercise. This could be for a number of reasons, including issues with a dog’s behaviour or owner’s health. Only one family or group would use this area at one time and they would be limited to 20 minutes if others are waiting.
Thanks to Tim Prebble for the drone shots showing the park below (taken June 2020).
Members of the volunteer design group have worked closely with Council officers on the design for the recreation area.
Porirua City councillor Euon Murrell turned the first sod on Monday 13 January, 2020.
Members of the group that designed, and will construct, the dog recreation area gathered for a blessing before construction began on Monday, 13 January, 2020.