Park that’s gone to the dogs has bubblers, tunnels and a toy library

Federal MP Kevin Hogan and State MP Richie Williamson cut the ribbon at the official opening of the dog park.

Susanna Freymark

Could Richmond Valley or Kyogle have a dog park like the one that opened in Grafton yesterday, Tuesday, October 31?

The dog park at Corcoran Park is the first dedicated dog park in the Clarence Valley.

It is fully fenced with separate areas for active or quiet dogs.

Aerial view of the new dog park at Grafton.

There’s a sandpit for digging,  a landscaped dry riverbed to explore and plenty of dog agility equipment including a tunnel, bridge, hurdles and weave poles.

There are water bubblers with a dog bowl, waste bins and dog bag dispensers and even a dog library where people can share dog items.

And shade and seating for dog owners to watch their pooches explore.

‘I’m just going to sit by this log for a moment.’

The Grafton dog park cost $982,000 to build and was co-funded by state and federal governments in partnership with Clarence Valley Council.

Casino has a fenced off-leash dog park at Crawford Square in South Casino but it is rather small and doesn’t have much in it for the dogs.

Tunnels for dogs to run through.

In April last year, Katie Thomas created a survey asking Kyogle residents if they wanted a dog park.

Since then, she has approached the council and she said, “unfortunately the council said it’s not something they are willing to go ahead with”.

The toy library for dogs.
Grafton dog park. Photos: Contributed
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