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Second Off-Leash Dog Park Opens

June 5, 2009 – Thunder Bay canines and their owners celebrated the official opening of the City’s second Off-Leash Dog Park today.

City Council approved the recommendation from the Parks Division and a Citizens Off-Leash Dog Park Advisory Committee to establish a second off-leash dog area at the fenced baseball diamond (at the corner of Beverly Street and Winnipeg Avenue) to the south of the Port Arthur Stadium. The site has been established to accommodate small breed dogs and complements the City’s dog park off Central Avenue opened in November 2007. Dogs must be over four months old and have a current license and rabies vaccination tags to use the parks.

The Advisory Committee includes Councillor Rebecca Johnson, Parks Division staff, community residents interested in establishing an off-leash dog park in the City, representatives from the Animal Services Division’s Friends of the Animals group and the New Hope Dog Rescue organization. The Advisory Committee assists the Parks Division with site issues, maintenance and future off-leash dog area site considerations.

The already fenced area was a baseball diamond that has not been used for a number of years and there are bleachers that people can sit on to watch dogs at play. In the long term, the City will plant trees for shade. Ample parking is provided on site.

“The new site will be particularly welcome to dog owners with smaller breeds looking for off-leash recreation opportunities.” said Councillor Rebecca Johnson.  Councillor Johnson also noted that the Advisory Committee is looking for additional sites in the Westfort and Current River areas of the City. Citizens interested in proposing a site are asked to contact the Parks Division. 

K-9 Delights Bakery – Monty Parks Centre, Community Living Thunder Bay provided samples of dog biscuits to dog owners for the official opening. Border Cats President & General Manager, Brad Jorgenson, and team’s mascot, Slugger, were also on hand to welcome their new dog neighbours to the area.
For more information, call (807) 625-2351.

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Contact: Dwight Gessie, Manager – Parks, 625-2355