Following feedback from the community, City of Palmerston has developed a Concept Plan for potential improvements to the Marlow Lagoon Dog Park. The concept plan was developed after Council received a petition about creating a dedicated small dog area at the park.
The park already has a number of amenities available, including a large common area for all dogs, a dog agility course, a shaded BBQ area, pathways, shade trees, a smaller fenced area to separate dogs, park benches and lake frontage.
Suggested improvement works will ensure the park is designed in line with Council’s vision of ‘A Place for People’, while catering for the needs of their canine companions.
The Concept Plan, designed by open space and animal behaviour specialists LMH Consulting/Paws4Play, includes options for zones and sensory elements to help manage dog behaviours and ensure all users can enjoy the park.
The design takes into consideration safety, separating activity areas and maintaining pedestrian access points. The dog park has been designed to:
- help disperse dog activity across the park
- help distract dogs from a continued focus on play with other dogs
- provide areas where dogs can retreat, or where owners can take elderly or timid dogs
- help distract dogs from activity at the entry/exits
- expose dogs to a range of sensory and educational environments.
- Concept plan proposed improvements
- Quiet and small dog area - a fully-fenced quiet area for small and other quiet/elderly dogs, which includes an existing shelter, additional trees, space breakers, rock-scape features, small water feature and seating.
- Education/agility circuit - relocating the existing education/agility circuit closer to the entrance but away from the main activity areas to allow for more formal dog training activities, with a small shelter, equipment storage and additional trees and shrubs to help training focus.
- Landscaping and sensory areas - landscaping to include a sensory area with rock insets to create climbable mounds, a possible digging pit and rock-scape area or dry creek bed, to create as many space breakers to separate dogs as possible.
- Open run area - an open run-about area for ball play with additional trees planted throughout and new seating.
- Lake edge improvements - using flat-topped rocks to stabilise the lake edge and minimise disturbance of the area by dogs entering and exiting the water, and installing a new shelter, seating and drinking fountain for both people and dogs.
- General enhancements – general enhancements to the area by extending current irrigated lawns so there is green grass year-round, more seating and shade trees, a fitness/walking loop pathway, landscaping at the entrance of the park and a new double-gated entry on a concrete pad with signage and bins.
The Marlow Lagoon Dog Park Improvements will be completed in stages, with Stage One works to commence on the 12th of April 2021, and take 10 weeks to complete.
Stage One of the Marlow Lagoon Dog Park Improvements will include:
• Planting additional shade trees and green grass and provide for year-round irrigation of grassed areas;
• Artificial shade such as over bench seats.
• Install double-gated entry points at all entries;
• A dedicated space provision for small dogs and quiet and elderly dogs.
An additional walking track / loop, additional agility equipment install and ensuring adequate dog drinking water is in all areas, will also form part of the works program.
Updates on Stage One will be provided through City of Palmerston’s Facebook page and on the website.
Future improvements to the dog park will be subject to budget, and the following elements have been supported for the future stages to the dog park:
• Additional seating and drinking water for dogs and humans in key locations around the park;
• Shelters for shade and protection from rain;
• Lake edge improvements;
• Provide troughs or areas for dogs to cool off;
• Landscaping and sensory areas; and
• Education / agility circuit.
Information regarding future stages, including timeline, will be provided through Council’s website and Facebook page.