More walkies in Stirling?

DOG exercise parks in Stirling have been so successful the council is thinking of creating another five.

Stirling opened its first doggie run-around in Inglewood in 2013 and when it proved a hit opened a second at Charles Riley Memorial Reserve in November last year.

Now it wants pooch owners to be no more than a 10-minute drive from the nearest exercise area and has put out a strategy for public consultation that proposes new ones at the Lake Gwelup, Dianella and Carine regional open spaces, Celebration Park in Balga and Robinson Reserve in Tuart Hill.

Fenced-in parks are supposed to provide a space where dogs are secure and amongst people comfortable with dogs. Owners don’t have to be on high-alert so they’ve got more time to socialise, fostering community spirit.

“Feedback we have received from dog owners already using the two fenced dog exercise areas in the city indicates that owners find the enclosures more than just an area for their four legged friends to run free,” said Ian Hunter, Stirling’s manager of parks and reserves.

Community consultation is open until August 15.

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