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A photo of Canterbury Reserve

Canterbury Reserve

Canterbury Drive
Salisbury Heights
SA 5109

Canterbury Reserve is a large area that is great for dogs that just like to run and run.

A photo of Four Paws Park

Four Paws Park

Denis Morrissey Park,
Cnr Montacute & St Bernards Roads,
Hectorville

A great feature of the park is it’s inclusion of the natural landscape of Denis Morrissey Park. Half of the park is covered in bark and is full of trees.

A photo of Stebonheath Dog Park

Stebonheath Dog Park

Davoren Road
Andrews Farm

Stebonheath Dog Park is Playford’s first built and managed park, located inside of Stebonheath park which also incorporates a playground, BMX track and wetlands. The park fills 2900 square meters of Stebonheath Park, and makes use of the existing trees to provide additional shade.

A photo of Baltimore Reserve

Baltimore Reserve

Oleander Drive
Parafield Gardens
SA 5107

Baltimore Reserve is absolutely full of native trees and shrubbery, almost as if the Salisbury Council simply fenced off a portion of bushland.

A photo of CC Hood Reserve

CC Hood Reserve

Lawn Street
Panorama
5041 SA

The CC Hood Reserve dog park is the first off-leash fenced off dog park in Mitcham. The park includes the usual dog park amenities, water fountains, seating, tunnels and shelter.

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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