Dogs On A Loose Leash in Newlands
Wellington's Third Fully Fenced Dog Park
Malcolm's comment "Funding was approved last year for three dog exercise areas over a three year period. The first was Ian Galloway Park (Karori/Wilton) which has now been completed. There has been lots of positive feedback about this one. Next year it will be the turn of part of Sinclair Park in Houghton Bay, then Taylor Park in Tawa the following year. Beyond that, who knows? It would be good to have a further two or three fenced in different parts of the city, but they come at considerable cost. $200,000 has been set aside for the first three!
The closeoff date for letting Council know your views about any dog-related matters is 2nd May 2016
Wellington City Council is currently reviewing its Dog Policy. You can find out what Council is proposing, including changes at a number of existing dog exercise areas, at http://wellington.govt.nz/…/p…/consultations/open/dog-policy
Funding was approved last year for three dog exercise areas over a three year period. The first was Ian Galloway Park (Karori/Wilton) which has now been completed. There has been lots of positive feedback about this one. Next year it will be the turn of part of Sinclair Park in Houghton Bay, then Taylor Park in Tawa the following year. Beyond that, who knows? It would be good to have a further two or three fenced in different parts of the city, but they come at considerable cost. $200,000 has been set aside for the first three! The closeoff date for letting Council know your views about any dog-related matters is 2nd May 2016!
Dog Policy - Public Input
Details of the proposed Dog Policy include dog exercie areas review - and how you can have your say.wellington.govt.nz
from the WCC 13 April, 2016
New canine exercise area in Wilton sets tails wagging13 April 2016A 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.
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. - WCC
Further Updates to follow ...
Watch this space - Penny / Loose Leash Dog Walking Newlands Johnsonville Wellington
Exciting news! 3/02/2016
Wellington is getting another fully fenced dog park!
The first one at Cog Park, Evans Bay, although relatively small, has been welcomed by dog owners and this one at
Ian Galloway Park will be too I'm sure!
Here's what the Open Space & Parks Manager from WCC has to say..........
"Work on the fenced dog-exercise area at Ian Galloway Park will be starting next week.
The dog exercise area has been shifted to the east of the park, next to Curtis Street.
The new area is being fully fenced, with three double gates – one next to the car park, the other off Curtis Street and the other on the west side next to the BMX track.
Please see the below (and attached) landscape plan.
Many thanks to those of you who have provided input to the final plan.
We know that drainage will be a challenge for us all this winter. If funding is available after the fencing has been completed, we are hoping to try some grass mounds to try to alleviate some of the hollows and wet spots.
Please bear with us as works progress and we hope you enjoy the new fenced dog exercise area.
Some interesting history on Ian Galloway Park, named after
Ian Galloway who was a former Director of Parks and Recreation.
The site was the Western Landfill or Wilton Tip as it was known, operated between 1946-1973. This explains the uneven surface and drainage issues.
From the Wellington City Councils Capital Canines Newsletter - October 2014
"Capital Canine News – a newsletter for registered dog owners in Wellington. Designed to keep you informed about dog registration, Council dog policy, activities for dogs in the city, and to provide you with tips about caring for your pet.
Have your say on plans for dog areas.
As part of a new plan for managing some suburban reserves, the Council is seeking comments on the idea of relocating the dog exercise area at Ian Galloway Park in Wilton next to the bike track and skate park.
This may also become a fully fenced dog area".
Above photo view north, Curtis Street / Wilton Road on the right.
Roadside Fence upper right of photo :) - Penny
Photo view towards the northeast from the Car Park
Roadside fence can be seen alongside Wilton Road. - Penny
This photo gives a better idea of the length of the proposed
relocated Dog Exercise Area. - Penny
The WCC Continues "We are also considering installing a fully fenced
dog exercise area at Sinclair Park in Houghton Valley between the school and the play area.
This would be subject to external funding and making sure other park users have easy access through the park. Consultation on this runs until December 5, 2014."
From the Draft Suburban Reserves Management Plan 2014 3.3.3 Dog exercise areas page 56
Ian Galloway Park
"There has been discussion around relocating the dog exercise area in Ian Galloway Park to the adjoining larger training area to the north.
The site has existing fencing that could be extended.
The site has the potential to be a fully-fenced dog exercise area. There are opportunities to fund this with support from the wider community.
Action - Relocate the dog exercise area within Ian Galloway Park."
(Photos are Penny's taken 20th June 2014).
Updates to Follow...
Like and Follow to see Photos of Dogs at Play !
Grasslees Reserve Dog Exercise Area
- no not Newlands .... but nearby ! a 10min or so drive...
Grasslees Reserve is getting a $650,000 makeover !
This 2 hectare reserve is adjacent to Tawa Pool.
And in the words of the Council "... The park is bounded on the western edge by Main Road , the main link between Tawa and Porirua."
This Boundary along side the Main Road requires a Dog Proof fence to keep Dogs Safe !
Google WCC Have Your Say Grasslees Reserve Makeover
to check out the Map / Concept Landscape Plan
These plans include a new Picnic and BBQ Area along side the Off Leash Dog Exercise Area ! This in itself is a very good reason to Fully enclose the Dog Park !
So please do send online Feedback on this for Our Dogs Sakes!
Last chance for Feedback as it closes today at 5pm, Friday the 14th of December 2012 !
the Dogs Thank You !
- Penny the Dog Walker - Loose leash Dog Walking
Have you any thoughts on this makeover etc...
If you have found this blog after 14th Dec, WCC says " There will be another opportunity to comment before the plan is finalised.
so watch this space ! - Penny
Update: Monday 18th February 2013
Grasslees Reserve upgrade
The Council has received 45 submissions from Tawa residents on its
plans for a major upgrade for the Grasslees Reserve. We are hoping to be
able to respond to submitters by the end of February.
The Council is considering building new paths and a bridge to better
integrate the two halves of the park and improve links to the Porirua
Stream. The old skate rink would be redeveloped as an area for young
children on wheels, bikes and scooters. There would be new toilets, a
basketball court and more parking. Improvements are also planned for the
picnic area – with new plantings – and a bigger play area. The
work will be done this year, funded by the Plimmer Bequest.
source: February Issue of "Branch Out" WCC's magazine
watch this space for further updates - Penny the Dog Walker !
Re: Grasslees Reserve Concept Landscape Plan
source WCC email dated 23 April 2013
* Dog Exercise Area
Nearly half of the submissions (numbering 44 in total ) requested fencing off the dog exercise area, especially along the Main Road boundary. Some submitters also wanted the dog exercise area fully fenced including fencing off from the picnic and play areas.
In response to the feedback and concerns, the Council will install a fence along the Main Road boundary. This will be a 1m high chainlink fence in the middle of shrub planting. This will prevent dogs ( and children ) from being able to easily access Main Road and the planting will eventually screen the fence to create a more attractive and unobtrusive appearance.
We do not intend to fully fence off the dog exercise area from the rest of the Reserve. We do not wish to make this area exclusive as there is a desire from the wider community for the continuing ability to use this space. It is worth noting that in accordance with the Council's Dog Control Policy 2009, dogs are to be kept under control at all times, including in dog exercise areas.
If you have any further Queries or feedback about the Grasslees Reserve Upgrade, please feel free to contact, David Halliday email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone: 04 803 8890 or 021 227 8890
Walkways and Reserves Officers
Parks, Sport and Recreation Business Unit
Well at least the Roadside is to be fenced with a 1m high chainlink fence... but there is no mention of gated entrances along the roadside !
So here's hoping that this fence has "wings" turning back into the park, along side each pathway to encourage dogs...
And children, to turn back into the park,
rather that being able to pop around the ends of the roadside fence, onto the roadway !
( the stairs at the north entrance already have a handrail...
adding chainlink to this handrail should be straight forward ! )
What do you think ?
Penny the Dog Walker.
Wellington's first fully fenced dog exercise area should be completed in the next fortnight. Mirimar Vet Allan Probert has organised a $20,000 fundraiser to complete the fencing of Cog Park, near Greta Pt in Evans Bay.
He said it was about time that Wellington Dog Owners had a fully fenced area where they could safely let their dog off the leash. He said dog owners, who pay Wellington City Council $1 million a year in fees, deserved something for their money and he could see a good case for similar exercise areas in other suburbs. The park was partially fenced and he expected work to completely fence it would start within the next week.
from The Dominion Post Tues September 4, 2012 page A3
Note: Photo is Not Cog Park Dog Park !
Dogs at Play - Wellington
From Penny Krieg of Loose Leash Dog Walking Service
Newlands Johnsonville Wellington
find us on facebook to view more photo's of Woof Woof Ruff Dog Exercise Areas & Dogs at play ( and on Dog Walks ! )
Cog Park Dog Park Fence under construction, below
Up Date: Friday 7/09/12
Up Date: 12/09/2012
Fully Fenced Exercise Area Now Open To Dogs !
Dog Owners are now welcome to use the fully-Fenced dog exercise area next to Greta Point Cafe on Evans Bay Parade in Hataitai... click on the text below ! for the article in the CityLife Independent Herald Wednesday, September 12, 2012 page 19.
Photo above : 14/09/2012
Woof Woof Ruff Dog Park Exercise Area sign - Up
Entry Gates - Hung
Paths - Laid
Dog Drinking Water to come, at some stage soon !
Dog Poo Bin to come at some stage soon !
= AWESOME !!!
I imagine that people will come to this, Wellingtons First Fully Fenced Dog Park from ALL over Wellington...
as its invaluable for:
small dog safety, for those that are timid, or afraid of large dogs...
retaining puppies in training within the Dog Park,
for teaching Recall to your Dog,
and of course the Biggy... Keeping Your dog OFF the road and out of the Traffic ! ( I'm sure most of us have had a dog that suddenly decides that its a good idea to pop across the road, out of the Dog Park, to visit / meet and greet another dog on the other side ! (painted on ears, all of a sudden ! )
Pass the word and let all your doggy friends and those you meet,
know that Cog Park Dog Park is Open !
See you out there, Penny - Loose Leash Dog Walking
and as Allan Probert says " Enjoy ! "
Newlands Newest Bush Walk.
Lyndfield Lane Park & Reserve.
<Lyndfield Lane Park Childrens
The Lyndfield Lane Park and Play Area has been finished, and has proved to be very popular with Newlands residents,especially on recent sunny days, with some traveling to the park by car.
New Park signage>
Newlands Newest Bush Walk. (& shortest ! )
A new addition to the Newlands Walkways.
This new Walking Track is accessed from the new asphalt paths by the Play Area on Lyndfield Lane, and heads up the hill towards the Tennis Courts.
The short bush walk zig-zags up to the ridge line and grassy knoll, along the top and back down through the bush to the
northern entrance/exit of the Track at the Black Rock Road end of the Tennis Courts.
There are rather good views to be had from the top, esp. to the south.
Three keen dogs looking South >
Making good use of the two new bench seats.
<Dogs looking to
the West,over the grassy knoll.
Note: Dogs on Leads / Leashes.
Remove your dog's poo.
No dogs in Play Area.
Nearest Off Leash Dog Exercise Area,
Woof Woof Ruff,
is Spenmoor St Park.
Big Paws Up Thank You to the Wellington City Council and all involved in the Lyndfield Lane Park revamp !
WCC phone: 4994444
The Lynfield Lane Park Orchard: Ken Glassey
find and 'like' on facebook 'Newlands Orchard'
for updates on Planting Days etc...
Revegetation Project in Wingfeild Reserve, adjacent to
Middleton Road, Glenside/ Churton Park.
...The access track was reformed with the assistance of the
Dept. of Corrections and now offers an all weather track as an alternative to the Middleton Road footpath.
Planting Days are scheduled for Saturdays, commencing at 1pm,
More helpers are always welcome.
For more information please contact John Morrison ph 4771020
or at email@example.com
From Churton Park Gazette Vol 25 Issue 2 June 2012
( drove by in the RAIN on Sat 30th, and was very impressed with the number of planters, planting on the steep slopes,
well done all ! )
What's Up Events:
Public Meeting at Newlands Community Centre
on Wednesday, June 6 from 7.00pm - 8.30pm.
Local councillors, Stuart Bullen (traffic issues),
and Paul Barker (cycling/walkways) will speak.
seen in CityLife Independent Herald Wednesday, May 30, 2012
That reminds me... Love the two New Children Crossing signs outside Newlands School. Solar powered to boot !
...Just read an article p30 in the "OLDER & BOULDER Lifestyle Magazine for the 50+ May/June 2012 issue, (from the foyer of the Johnsonville Community Centre).
Titled " A warning against complacency" by Dr. Nick Page BVSc, Rolleston Veterinary Services Ltd.
About a 4 yr old spayed Black Lab who succumbed to Distemper... concludes ..."The lesson to be learnt here is not to be complacent about infectious disease, even if it hasn't been seen for some years. ....the importance of maintaining immunity via vaccination boosters in your dogs and cats at a frequency as advised and determined by your Veterinarian. Such a simple procedure can indeed be life-saving for an indvidual and aids to overall immunity in a population, thus being a preventative in establishment of an epidemic situation. I would urge all pet owners to ensure vaccination status is up to date....
Dr. Nick Page BVSc.
see you out there,
Penny the Dog Walker - Loose Leash Dog Walking Newlands Johnsonville Wellington.
Mobile: 021 179 5043
Out and About in Newlands
Have you ever tripped on a broken footpath while out walking your dog or dogs...
and thought to yourself, like I have, many a time... "somebody should do something about that ! "
... well now you can !
Just text Wellington City Council !
Txt Fix-It to 3400
send the fault details through, with the exact location ie Street & Street # , and WCC will repair it as soon as they can.
If you supply your contact details, they can get back to you with a reference # , so that you can follow it up later if required.
This service is free and only takes a moment or two of your time, especially if you have entered the above details into your mobile phone Contacts/Address Book or Drafts/Templates!
I regularly use this service to report anything from broken glass, missing manhole/inspection covers & drainage grates, to windblown rubbish & recycling bins/bag contents, dumped rubbish, graffitti.
So if there is something that needs attention, whatever it be, a leaking water main, broken pipe, blocked drain, broken branch, dumped rubbish, or a pothole...
You can also report faults when you get home by;
Phone: 499 4444
website:www.wellington.govt.nz/services/fixit/ Repair Request Form
I saw this article a while back...
Report broken street lights, graffiti and blocked road drains while you're on the go through applications such as FixMyStreet and NeatStreets.
FixMyStreet can be downloaded for free to your iPhone and lets you choose the address nearest to the incident or fault. You can then fine-tune the location on a map, describe the issue, enter your contact details and - if you like - upload a photo. Once you've confirmed your report via email, it will be emailed to the right local council.
NeatStreets works in much the same way, but can be down loaded to iPhones, Android smartphones and BlackBerrys and if your phone is GPS capable it will automatically give a location for the issue.
Local apps, Tidy streets, reprinted with kind permission of Claire Rodgers
Source: The Dominion Post Tuesday, Febuary 15, 2011
C U Out There,
Penny - Loose Leash Dog Walking Service Newlands Johnsonville
7.40pm Sunday night.
Just got back home from walking the dogs...and got soaked (again)
ten minutes from home! Murphy's Law.
Was rather enjoying the quiet, peaceful nighttime walk,
spending one on one time with my dogs... untill the rain hit. Darn.
Thank goodness for Dehumidifers, shoes should be dry by the morning.
Had an enjoyable afternoon reading "Flash" by Joyce Stranger,
about a boy and his collie pup set in Scotland. Very moving.
This book was one of the 5 dog books I managed to get a the recent
Monster Book Fair Johnsonville. Big Paws Up to the Johnsonville Rotary
Club and Life Education Trust.
Another title I have been dipping into is "The Reform School Handbook
DELINQUENT DOGS by Tony Wilkinson.
< checkout the photo (rain on the lens)
dog walking in the
little Miss geyhound cutey in her
fluffy collared Black doggy rain coat
(red pokadot collar)
Mr Doby in his Purple dog rain coat.
& LH side "Miss Rain doesn't bother me"
< Pet peeve,
Wheelie bins blocking the footpath
(also last Thursday 21st June)
WCC Recyling Bin out....Thurs?
Also last Thursday I attempted to take some photos of a family of
5 Pukeko's feeding in the rain, (NZ's Purple Swamp Hen)
but failed. have to try again at a later date. Watch this space.
the Dog Walker
Loose Leash Dog Walking
P.S. redevelopment off the old Newlands Park Auto site is going ahead in leaps and bounds. Unfortunately its meant the loss of the plantings by the round about, heres hoping that these can be replaced or even bettered when the work is finished!
The council staff who worked on these planting must be Really Gutted! Big Paws Up Guys!
Have you seen the article in the Citylife Independent Herald Wednesday, June 15, 2011 p3 "Power of persuation pays off " by Kate Bleasdale about the new painted pedestrian crossing on Newlands Road between Black Rock Road and Salford Street?.
Gael Hanbrook has campained Wellington City Council for the past three years for this crossing. There is a nice photo of Gael and her guide dog Grady using the pedestrian crossing accompling the article.
Paws up to you, Gael for your efforts! and to council's traffic engineer, Stuart Bullen.
This pedestrian crossing has made crossing the road much, much safer for all local walkers- students, bus users, shoppers and ..... Dog Walkers! And it even has its own night lights!
It does slow up traffic at peak times, But this is a bonus for drivers coming out of both Salford Street and to a lesser extent Black Rock Road who often have a long wait to exit.
The bus drivers often park as far as they can from the crossing so the traffic can continue to flow, thanks for that! Still a few details to workout such as bus stop and bus shelter relocation...
The previous crossing on the corner of Newlands Road up from BP opposite the War Memorial to the shops was removed back in the late 80's early '90s ?, from memory, great to see this one replacing it! Its been a while.
Penny, Newlands Dog Walker
Loose Leash Dog Walking Service