News | 13 April 2016

New canine exercise area in Wilton sets tails wagging

A new fully fenced dog exercise area at Wilton’s Ian Galloway Park, adjacent to the new BMX track at the corner of Whitehead Road and Curtis Street, is guaranteed to get tails wagging, says Wellington City Council Open Space and Parks Manager, Amber Bill.

Councillor Malcolm Sparrow and his brown dog, and Mayor Wade-Brown and her black labrador Storm
Cr. Malcolm Sparrow with Abby, and Mayor Wade-Brown with Storm

“This is now the largest fenced dog park in Wellington and is already proving to be extremely popular with local dog owners and their dogs,” she says.

The park features a double gate system for safety, a tap and water bowl, a poo-bag dispenser, rubbish bin and night lighting to ensure your dogs and you stay safe at night. Council is also interested in investigating partnerships with local businesses to install dog agility equipment.

Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says Council approved funding for three fully fenced dog exercise areas in the 2015/16 Annual Plan. “Ian Galloway Park was the first and potential sites are being investigated to develop one next year and a third in 2018.”

“We have done some consultation around developing Sinclair Park in the south and Taylor Park in the north,” she says. 

Neither site, which are existing dog exercise areas, are currently fenced. 

Council is currently reviewing the Animal Bylaw, Dog Policy and dog exercise areas. Preferred locations of the additional fenced areas could change depending on community feedback. Details of these public consultations can be found on the Wellington City Council website, at local libraries and community centres. Public consultation runs from 1 April – 2 May 2016 so make sure you have your say. Changes will be agreed and in force by September 2016.

Mayor Wade-Brown says that in the meantime, if you haven’t yet visited the new dog park at Ian Galloway Park, pack up your furry friend and head on down for a visit.