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Yarmouth Dog Park on track

<p>A dog park for Yarmouth is proceeding through development stages.</p>
<p>A dog park for Yarmouth is proceeding through development stages.</p>

YARMOUTH - The Yarmouth Dog Park is on track to hire a company to design and cost the project.

The Town of Yarmouth Committee of the Whole is in favour of hiring Upland, a planning and design studio based in Halifax, Nova Scotia for the job. A recommendation for council to approve will be made at the Oct. 13 council meeting.

The estimated cost for the design is $15,000. The plan will include estimates for construction and continued maintenance, as well as phased implementation and a fundraising and volunteer strategy.

A two-hectare plot of town-owned land on Jarvis Street that is unsuitable for building development because of storm water/drainage issues has been proposed for off-leash use by dogs and their owners/tenders.

Fencing for the dog park has been donated by the town, which has collected it from other pieces of property where removal was warranted. Clean Foundation has offered 300 trees for the project.

The dog park planning committee envisions a community park that is community driven and low maintenance. The site also holds potential to be connected with the Broad Brook Park trail to create a large park for the community and continue the protection of the brook.

Hours of operation for the park and other regulations involving use will be established as the project develops.

A double fenced-in area is part of the plan to reduce the possibility of dogs escaping and there will be a 25-metre vegetation buffer zone to neighbours.

The town’s dog bylaw will apply to owners during their use of the park. This includes picking up after them.

The next Yarmouth Dog Park planning committee meeting is scheduled for Oct. 17.

Dog statistics from Canadian Pet Market Outlook, 2014

 Thirty-two per cent of Canadian households own one or more dogs.

Overall Canada is home to roughly 5.9 million dogs

Households with children in the 12-17 age bracket are the most likely to own dogs, while households with children in the 3-5 age brackets are more likely to own cats.

Eighty-six per cent of dog owners consider their pets to be part of the family.

Dog owners believe their pets offer them improved physical health while cat owners believe their pets offer them improved mental health.

The Town of Yarmouth Committee of the Whole is in favour of hiring Upland, a planning and design studio based in Halifax, Nova Scotia for the job. A recommendation for council to approve will be made at the Oct. 13 council meeting.

The estimated cost for the design is $15,000. The plan will include estimates for construction and continued maintenance, as well as phased implementation and a fundraising and volunteer strategy.

A two-hectare plot of town-owned land on Jarvis Street that is unsuitable for building development because of storm water/drainage issues has been proposed for off-leash use by dogs and their owners/tenders.

Fencing for the dog park has been donated by the town, which has collected it from other pieces of property where removal was warranted. Clean Foundation has offered 300 trees for the project.

The dog park planning committee envisions a community park that is community driven and low maintenance. The site also holds potential to be connected with the Broad Brook Park trail to create a large park for the community and continue the protection of the brook.

Hours of operation for the park and other regulations involving use will be established as the project develops.

A double fenced-in area is part of the plan to reduce the possibility of dogs escaping and there will be a 25-metre vegetation buffer zone to neighbours.

The town’s dog bylaw will apply to owners during their use of the park. This includes picking up after them.

The next Yarmouth Dog Park planning committee meeting is scheduled for Oct. 17.

Dog statistics from Canadian Pet Market Outlook, 2014

 Thirty-two per cent of Canadian households own one or more dogs.

Overall Canada is home to roughly 5.9 million dogs

Households with children in the 12-17 age bracket are the most likely to own dogs, while households with children in the 3-5 age brackets are more likely to own cats.

Eighty-six per cent of dog owners consider their pets to be part of the family.

Dog owners believe their pets offer them improved physical health while cat owners believe their pets offer them improved mental health.

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