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City’s first fenced dog park

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Newcastle’s first fenced dog park will be built in North Lambton as part of a 10-year plan to cater for more than 44,000 registered canines in the city’s local government area.

The 1.5-hectare fenced playground at Acacia Avenue reserve, where owners can legally let their dogs roam free, is the first of several possible sites earmarked under the Dogs in Open Space Plan.

The plan was adopted by Newcastle council last week.

A long-time supporter of fenced dog parks in Newcastle, Merewether’s Jane Garrick, owns a five-year-old Ridgeback-Kelpie crossbreed called Evee.

Ms Garrick was thrilled to hear Evee could be taken to Lambton, rather than embark on the longer journey to Speers Point.

“We take her to Speers Point where there’s a fenced park and this works really well for her,” she said,

“I’ll definitely take the trip to Lambton for future visits, but ideally I’d still love something a bit closer where I can walk her to and from home.”

Based on the potential success of the fenced park at Acacia Avenue, the council will also explore other possible sites at Lambton Park, O’Connell Reserve, Carrington Foreshore, Maryland Drive Reserve, and Stevenson Park.

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