WORK has started on the first stage of new dog parks at Truscott Reserve, California Gully and Allingham Street, Kangaroo Flat.

City of Greater Bendigo council’s Aaron Lindsay said the stage one works at both sites include installation of fencing, provision of water supply points for both dogs and people, installation of dog bag dispensers, bins and

“The Kangaroo Flat site is located near the corner of Allingham and Chapel streets and is about 1.3 hectares in size. The Truscott Reserve site is 1.8 hectares with access from both Turner and Murdoch streets.

Both of the new sites will include fenced off areas for small dogs within the new parks,” Mr Lindsay said.

The new dog parks are key actions from the council’s Domestic Animal Management Plan 2016-2021 and the council has provided $74,000 in its current budget for the stage one works.

“Future, but as yet unfunded works at both sites, are expected to include walking paths, trees, seats and the addition of dog agility equipment such as ramps, pipes and weave poles to encourage play,” Mr Lindsay said.

“Both of the new parks will provide a secure place for people to exercise and socialise their dogs and also meet other dog owners.

“Pet ownership is growing and house lots are getting smaller so dog parks are playing an important role in providing opportunities for owners to exercise and socialise their dogs freely and responsibly.”

Works are expected to be complete by June 30.