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Every dog to have its day at domain

plimmerton dog recreation area

Work is under way to build the Plimmerton Domain Dog Recreation Area, with completion expected in March.

Ground was broken at the domain last month by Porirua City Councillor Euon Murrell after Ngāti Toa Kaumātua Taku Parai hosted a blessing of the area.

A volunteer design group that included vets, local dog club and Plimmerton Residents’ Association members, animal health specialists and Porirua City Councillors met with Council Parks staff regularly during the design process, which kicked off in 2018.

The recreation area will be split into three zones – high energy, low energy and a unique limited zone for owners and/or dogs that require a separate area.

There will be paths, gates, drinking water, a dog shower and planting and landscaping.

Cr Murrell says it is fantastic to see this become a reality.

“As the owner of two dogs myself I can tell this will be well-used by residents and visitors,” he says. “Along with the Ascot Park dog park we’ll have two fantastic places to meet the needs of the many dog owners in Porirua.”

On-lead rules will still apply outside the dog recreation area, as they do in all the city’s reserves and parks.

Parks Manager Olivia Dovey says it was a thorough process with the working group to get a desired outcome.

“The volunteer design group have worked hard to create an area that caters to many, encourages movement and gives another spot in our city that dog-lovers can enjoy.”

Fencing has been erected around the work area at the northern part of Plimmerton Domain as the diggers rolled in.

Work will take place from 7am to 5pm most days, but this is weather-dependent.

It will not affect Ara Harakeke Walkway and only a few car parks near the railway tracks at the northern end will be cordoned off.

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4 Feb 2020