Dog park unleashed in Kilmore

The site near Kilmore Racecourse has been used as an unofficial dog park by residents for some time.

By Jackson Russell

Kilmore’s canine residents will have a new space to play with construction underway on a fenced off-leash dog park near Kilmore Racecourse.

The $30,000 project, on the corner of East Street and Kilmore East Road, has been requested by Kilmore dog owners for some time after being used unofficially for years.

The 25-metre by 50-metre park will be secured by galvanised fencing and feature a drinking fountain to keep residents’ panting pals hydrated. Bench seating is also planned to be added down the track.

Mitchell Shire Mayor David Lowe said its pre-existing use made the site an ideal location for an approved off-leash area, with the right amenities to ensure residents could play with their dogs off-leash in a safe environment.

“The area was perfect due to minimal impact on neighbouring properties, and with the committee of management recently installing a walking track this will coincide beautifully with the off leash park,” he said.

“So many of our residents are dog lovers – me included – and they’ve been requesting a park like this for some time, so we’re thrilled to be able to deliver this project.

“When construction is completed, the dog park will offer the perfect, purpose-built space for dog owners to exercise their beloved pets in a controlled, safe environment.

“The park is not able to be used just yet, but we’ll let people know when they can head down there. We’ll keep everyone updated regularly on our Animals of Mitchell Shire Facebook page.”