The Mayor along with Council cut the ribbon last night on the cities first off-leash dog park behind the A &W ball diamonds. This new addition to Kenora comes from a need from dog owners to have an off-leash park within the city.
Shaun Clifford Parks and Facilities Manager for the City of Kenora was among many residents taking part in the unveiling of the new dog park. He was among many city officials and residents that took part in this new dog park coming to life.
“We've had a really strong group of dog owners that were looking for a place to play with their dogs off-leash mostly, and we converted the baseball diamonds over a winter season and it was just so busy. We thought we can look for an expanded area, so we talked with some other dog owners and looked around for a parcel of land and this one came up, looked like a great area to do it,” said Clifford
“It was nice and close and central and the council was very supportive of the idea, so our Community Services Manager who ran with the ball and got us the funding and is a very positive thing for Kenora,” added Clifford
Rob Nelson and his dog Lexi were among the many dogs and owners that enjoyed the park for the first time last night.
“The off-leash dog park is awesome, it's great for dog owners. The excitement is great to see all the other dog owners out there and how much they love their dogs, I think it's really awesome,” added Nelson
The 2.5-acre parcel is split up into two parks, one side is a small dog park, and the other side is a large dog park. Dogs will be kept busy at the park as there are agility courses and are able to cool down with many water features, a grooming table is available, a total of six benches for the owners, and lights for evening visits.
The overall cost of the dog park was roughly around $90,000. Half that cost went towards the installation of the perimeter fence. This new addition to the city supports improving parks and recreational amenities around the city.