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City’s third off-leash opens in the South End

York K9 Club fundraised $3,500 for project, with city putting up rest of funds 
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York K9 Club board members Daryl Park with Stella, Dan Skwarok, and Derry McTaggart with Bess pose for a photo at the city’s third off-leash dog park. (Supplied)

 The city’s third off-leash dog park is now open to canines and their owners.

The new dog park is in the South End, beside the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex. It has two fenced enclosures joined by a walking path, a double gated entrance at each enclosure, garbage bins and mutt mitt dispensers, 10 parking spaces, including two spaces for accessible parking, and portable washrooms (currently unavailable due to COVID-19 guidelines).

Development of an off-leash dog park to serve residents of the South End was identified in the action plan as part of the City of Greater Sudbury Parks, Open Space and Leisure Master Plan Review.

The York K9 Club fundraised $3,500 for the capital improvements of the park with the city contributing $46,400. The volunteer group will be responsible for maintaining park cleanliness and ensuring users follow the park rules and etiquette.

“On behalf of our dog walking community, I want to thank the York Street K9 Club for initiating this project and for taking on an active role in the operation of the new off-leash dog park in the South End,” said Ward 9 Coun. Deb McIntosh. “These volunteers have worked hard to make this park a reality for our community and we will continue to work together to ensure the park is a great success for everyone.”

The South End Dog Park is the third of its kind in Greater Sudbury, adding to the complement of existing parks in Azilda and Minnow Lake. Dog parks in Greater Sudbury operate year round from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

For locations and hours of local dog parks or for volunteer groups looking to explore the potential for any new off-leash dog park, visit www.greatersudbury.ca/dogparks to learn more.

Due to COVID-19, park users are reminded to wash or sanitize their hands before and after use, and maintain a distance of two metres from others.