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A photo of Coonalpyn Dog Exercise Park

Coonalpyn Dog Exercise Park

Railway Tce
Coonalpyn
SA 5265

The park is designed as a spot for families to stop and let their dogs stretch their legs on long road trips, and really helps to make it easier to bring your dogs along on holidays with you.

A photo of Pooch Park – Tedder Reserve

Pooch Park – Tedder Reserve

Findon Road
Flinders Park
SA 5025

The Pooch Park at Tedder Reserve, Findon, is a 0.4ha park surrounded by 1.5m high black mesh fencing located on the busy Rowells road.

A photo of Bentley Reserve

Bentley Reserve

Bentley Dr
Holden Hill
SA 5088

The playground is fully fenced and divided into two separate sections, a small space for dogs who need a bit more attention and a large area where the freerange dogs can roam free.

A photo of Bolivar Road

Bolivar Road

Bolivar Road
Bolivar
SA 5110

Bolivar Road park is a large square park, with plenty of open space. It is often used by people that like to walk the path in the park and let their dog run around freely.

A photo of The Paddocks Reserve

The Paddocks Reserve

Maxwell Road
Para Hills West
SA 5096

In a unique layout, The Paddocks is divided into two areas for owners to explore with their dogs. One half is wide and open, the other is full of trees and natural flora.

Kids in dog parks, what do you think?

July 16, 2014

Wow, big call Nova Scotia.

The council of Truro, Nova Scotia, has banned children under 12 from entering a particular off-leash park, in an effort to reduce the likelihood of a dog/child related injury taking place. This doesn’t appear to be because of the risk of violent dogs, rather it’s because of the risk that young children will get in the way of dogs as they’re running, or potentially that they may approach a dog the wrong way and the dog will react badly. It seems to be equally about the dog’s and the child’s safety.

“It will at some point result in an injury to a child or an injury or perhaps death to a dog that makes a mistake, this needs to be a protected space for dogs and dog owners”
Doug MacKenzie, Director of Parks, Recreation & Culture for the Town of Truro

This is a big move that seems pretty divisive. Many owners treat their dogs like their children anyway, so how will they react when it comes to making the choice of who to take where?

“This is a place that was built and designed for dogs, for off leash dogs and their owners. There are plenty of places in the town of Truro for parents to take their children”
Doug MacKenzie, Director of Parks, Recreation & Culture for the Town of Truro

What do you think?

In an area specifically designed for dogs the safety of children is always an issue. Do you think we should be drawing a line in the sand and saying kids on one side and dogs on the other?

Of course in an ideal world parents will be prescient enough to be able to judge the safety of their children in a park, but we have seen a few examples of parents expecting the dog to be controlled rather than the child. This raises the question who is this park actually for?

Let us know what you think. Are you all for Nova Scotia’s ban? Would you like a similar rule in place in South Australian parks? Or do you think that children should be able to go anywhere you go?

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