SINN Fein councillor Sharon Benson has welcomed the commitment from Limerick City and County Council to undertake a feasibility study to establish a Dog Park for the city.
“This is an initiative that I have championed since getting elected. A green area dedicated for dogs and their owners would be a very welcome addition,” the City North representative suggested.
“Such parks are commonplace in other European cities. The Council would have to be barking mad not to pursue the same in our city. It would also go some way to assist with reducing the amount of dog waste on our streets.”
Cllr Benson is urging the Council to invite submissions with regard to the possible location of the proposed park.
“My own view is that the city centre or Northside would be best in terms of location, but I think it would be very good to hear the public’s views on the issue of location. A short consultation period should be set up by the Council.
“Limerick is full of wonderful dog owners, and it’s time to unleash their views of where this park could be.
“With a fair wind behind this proposal we could see a park established within the lifetime of the current council. With political will anything is ‘paw-sible’!”
Limerick City and County Council said it has agreed to examine a variety of uses for public parks including dog parks as part of an overall Sports and Recreation Facilities Strategy currently under preparation.
“Part of this strategy is examining the needs and issues around public parks, however the Council has not agreed to a separate feasibility study for a dog park,” a Council spokesman told the Limerick Post.