Dog park plans unveiled

A concept design of the proposed new dog park in Drysdale.

The Bellarine Peninsula’s first ever dog park is a step closer with a draft concept plan for the facility currently open for community feedback.

The dog park is proposed for Quarry Park in Drysdale, located at 1902-1920 Portarlington Road, and is one of three being created in the upcoming financial year.

Features outlined in the draft concept plan include new dog equipment such as ramps, hurdles and platforms; separate fenced area for passive and active dogs; and additional tree and shrub plantings

Deputy Mayor Trent Sullivan said it was an exciting time for dog owners in the region.

“Community members have told us the importance of having facilities to exercise their pets off-leash and we’re working to make that happen,” he said.

“The dog park proposed for Drysdale will be the fourth planned for the region, catering to approximately 10,000 registered dogs located on the Bellarine.”

The guidelines were developed following a survey of dog owners in 2018 that found 84 per cent support for the development of more fenced dog parks in Greater Geelong.

Bellarine ward councillor Jim Mason encouraged Bellarine residents to view the plans.

“With designated areas for active and passive dogs and agility equipment, the proposed fenced dog park will likely be a very popular facility for local pet owners to exercise their dogs off leash,” he said.

“I encourage community members along the Bellarine to have a look at the draft concept plan and send through their feedback via the website.”

Submission can made until 4pm on Sunday, May 30 via: