A campaign has been started to open a dog park in Naas. If it materialises, the facility will be first of its kind in the county.
Naas resident Louise Burchall owns two labrador dogs which she takes to a park near Clondalkin.
“I bring my dogs up to Corkagh Park. It has a fenced in area, water is available and it’s a brilliant place to bring them and to throw a ball for them. When I had an injury which meant I was unable to exercise then properly I could take them there and just let them off the leash,” Ms. Burchall told the Leader.
She said a dog park recently opened in Lucan at a cost of €5,000.
The most likely location in Naas is Monread Park, already used by many people with dogs - some of whom let them off the leash to the annoyance of other walkers.
“Monread Park is well used and there is a lot a space available there, some of which could be sectioned off for use by dogs. This would make the park safer for everybody else, including cyclists and children who don’t want to be chased by dogs,” said Ms. Burchall.
There has been some support on Facebook’s Dog Park for Naas; posters are being put up and petitions are being sought at veterinary practices and pet shops.
All of the candidates seeking election in the Naas area in the forthcoming poll are to be contacted.
There is already some support for the idea from Naas Mayor Emer McDaid (who’s not seeking re-election).
Cllr. McDaid said a dog park creates a more controlled environment for dog owners. But it’s unlikely to happen this year because no money has been set aside in the budget.
The campaign can be contacted on www.facebook.com/DogParkforNaas or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.