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Dog park on horizon

Masterton District Council will next month consider making land available at Henley Lake for a fenced dog park.

A report is being prepared for the April 5 council meeting following discussions by council staff with Rotary South and Rotary Masterton about making use of council-owned grazing land by Henley Lake.

The council’s community facilities and activities manager Corin Haines said the proposal is not expected to involve a cost to ratepayers, with Rotary Masterton and Rotary South Masterton proposing to fund the cost of establishing the park.

“The idea of a dog park has been discussed for a number of years,” he said.

“The concept for consideration by elected members will be for the council’s contribution to be limited to provision of the land.”

The council owns about 215 hectares of parks and open spaces, including Henley Lake, Queen Elizabeth Park, neighbourhood open spaces, natural bush reserves, sports grounds, and a network of walking and cycling trails.

Masterton Mayor Gary Caffell shared the news on his community Facebook page ‘Masterton Matters’, which attracted lots of praise from residents.

Masterton currently has two private dog parks. – NZLDR

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Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland is Wairarapa’s Local Democracy Reporter, a Public Interest Journalism role funded through NZ On Air. Emily has worked at the Wairarapa Times-Age for seven years and has a keen interest in council decision-making and transparency.

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