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A special park in Oamaru where dogs could be exercised off the leash has been suggested by Oamaru dog owner Jan Omnet, who offered to raise funds to set it up and maintain it.
Her offer was made to the Waitaki District Council yesterday while it was hearing submissions on the draft 2010-11 annual plan.
Similar facilities existed in Christchurch and Dunedin, but she was not aware of any such area in Oamaru. Mrs Omnet said such a park had to be central, have easy access for elderly and disabled dog owners, be fenced and have rules and regulations.
"The only initial expense to the council would be to provide an area," she said.
Mrs Omnet was prepared to set up a committee to promote the proposal, apply for grants and seek funds from the public, dog owners, veterinarians and other businesses.
Mrs Omnet had exercised her dog off the leash through the Glen Warren reserve next to Eden St, but it was closed for logging.
"While it is a great place to let your dog off the lead for a good run, it is also part of the walkway system and is used by runners, joggers and walkers, some of whom are less than happy to share the area," she said.