Warwick’s first off-leash dog park was officially opened at Queen’s Park to the delight of local dogs and their owners.
The enclosure includes 240 metres of 1.2 metre high-fencing and facilities such as picnic tables, park benches, and dog waste bins and bags.

Southern Downs Regional Council Councillor for Events, Sports, Parks and Recreation Yve Stocks said it was exciting for Warwick dogs and dog owners to have a designated area where dogs are welcome to run free and their owners can have fun and socialise. “This new off-leash dog park is the perfect pet-friendly space for Warwick’s dogs to run, exercise, train, play and socialise with other dogs and dog park visitors,” said Cr Stocks. “Creating a designated fenced area for our region’s dogs is all about enhancing the liveability of our region and recreational spaces, but also helps to manage the impacts on other park users and any nearby residents.”

Cr Stocks reminded dog owners to ensure their dogs were not a nuisance to other dogs and dog owners, and to dispose of droppings in the bins provided when visiting the park. “Always pick up after your dog, and remember to bag it and bin it. You’ll find free waste bags at the park,” she said. Cr Stocks said that in caring for your dog, it was also important to remember to register your dog with Council and ensure regular worming and vaccinations. There are 4537 registered dogs in the Southern Downs region.

The park was funded through the 2018-19 Annual Budget after community members and dog owners lobbied for off-leash facilities during public consultation.

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