Bonnyville Needs a Dog Park!

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Bonnyville houses many dog lovers who enjoy having pets be part of their life.  Our town needs a safe place for us to bring our beloved pooches to train and exercise/socialize them off leash;  a fully fenced dog park would be an ideal facility to do so.  Dog parks aren't only for the dogs either!  A dog park can promote a sense of community as it allows pet lovers a place to network and build friendships.  Having a contained area also means (hopefully) fewer dogs left off leash who may cause danger to people in the vicinity or to themselves if they are around busy roads.

A proper off-leash dog park has the potential to bring tourists to our town! When people travel with pets they enjoy being able to use facilities such as these to make their travel experience more fulfilling. Some travelers may be more likely to travel and stay overnight in Bonnyville if it offers these facilities, thus helping our economy.  Please check out the following links to view a selection of dog parks in the province of Alberta.  Bring Fido  PetFriendly From personal experience, I have appreciated using fenced dog parks in Canmore and Jasper.

Ideally, a fenced dog park in Bonnyville would be the size of a baseball diamond (there are 2 fenced dog parks of this size on Cold Lake 4-Wing Royal Canadian Air Force Base).  It would have a 5' chain link fence surrounding it with a gate that closes easily and securely to prevent escapes.  It would have a source of water, such as a tap, in order to water our dogs on hot days as well as a variety of trees to provide shade.  A waste bin and a supply of poop bags would also be necessary. Lastly, a sign stating rules for appropriate use should be posted.  Some nice additional items would be seating for dog owners, as well as a small 3-sided shed to be used as a windbreak.  The creation of a fenced dog park would be a one-time expense that would require minimal maintenance thereafter.

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