Waikato District Council has added Kowhai Reserve in Tuakau to the Dog Control Bylaw as an off-lead dog exercise area. It has also reintroduced Centennial Park, located on the corner of Bollard Road and Park Avenue, Tuakau to the bylaw as an off-lead dog exercise area, following its removal in 2014/2015.
There are currently 2589 dogs registered to residents in Tuakau, and Council recognises that the area is a growing community and sees the need to provide areas for people to exercise their dogs.
“Centennial Park was originally removed because some members of the community suggested that the park was too small and also too close to a children’s play area,” said Animal Control Team Leader, Megan May.
“Since then, we’ve had an overwhelming level of interest and support to reinstate the park as an off-lead exercise area.”
Public consultation around the two areas was carried out in August and September. Council received 194 submissions with 89.5% support for Centennial Park and 95% support for Kowhai Reserve. The main opposition to Centennial Park was because of concerns around the playground.
Following the resolution on Monday, Council staff will work with the Tuakau Community Board to decide on the best place to fence around the children’s play areas. Fencing will occur in the new year.
The other off-lead exercise areas in Tuakau are Alexandra Redoubt Reserve and Les Batkin Reserve.