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Group seeking support for dog park in Kentville

The Kentville Off Leash Dog Park Association is seeking support in anticipation of making a pitch to town council in April.
The Kentville Off Leash Dog Park Association is seeking support in anticipation of making a pitch to town council in April. - Submitted

KENTVILLE – Mike Schroeder is hoping to one day have a dog park closer to home.

As it stands, Schroeder regularly makes the 25-minute drive to Hantsport to let his dogs have a run and play with fellow pooches in a fenced-in, off-leash park that’s become a popular attraction within the Annapolis Valley.

“It’s a social aspect for the owners and the dogs, too.” he said, noting that he’s seen 27 dogs of varying breeds there at the same time before.  

“It’s not natural for dogs to be on leash, so sometimes there’s an increase in anxiety with dogs meeting while on leash because it’s restrictive.”

Schroeder, lead co-ordinator of the Kentville Off Leash Dog Park Association, believes there’s an opportunity to have a similar meeting place in the Kentville area.

“It’s a big family when you go there,” he said.

The off-leash association is in the process of gauging the public’s interest in their dog park proposal. The Kentville Off Leash Dog Park Association Facebook page had garnered 168 likes as of noon March 16.

“We’re looking to gather a group of people to actually present to town council the second Monday in April,” said Schroeder.

The group requires support from council to move forward with the project, which is still in the initial stages.

“It’s definitely an early process,” said Schroeder.

The association is interested in a piece of town-owned land behind Eaves Hollow as a possible location if council votes in favour of supporting the project.

“It’s a piece of marshland they have set aside for future projects,” said Schroeder, who envisions the dog park having an isolated entry area and separate sections for large and small breed dogs.

This is not the first time a dog park has been pitched for the Town of Kentville. A proposal from 2014 estimated that the creation of a dog park would cost about $25,000. Schroeder expects the price to be in the ballpark of at least $30,000 today. The concrete details around funding and operations, however, still have to be worked out.

Learn more and follow the project’s progress at: https://www.facebook.com/KentvilleDogPark/

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