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The off-leash exercise area will open at McHughs Forest Park in Darfield next month. The park is a 43ha public reserve on the edge of town.
The fenced area at the southern end of the forest is due to open in mid-July. The park is being built by Selwyn District Council.
A council spokesman said the dog park, or off-leash exercise area, received strong support during a public consultation day about future developments at the park.
Work on the 275m long park began earlier this year. The fencing is currently being installed ahead of the opening and a rubbish bin and drinking fountain with a dog bowl will be added soon.
Access to the park will be through gates at the north and south ends of the exercise area.
The remainder of McHughs Forest Park will remain an on-leash area for dogs under the district council's dog control bylaws.