• Carmen Marie Fabio

Area dog parks stepping up their game


PHOTO BY CARMEN MARIE FABIO

Beaconsfield Mayor Georges Bourelle (centre) flanked by (left to right) councillors Karen Messier, Roger Moss, Wade Staddon, and David Pelletier at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of what is the largest dog park on the Island of Montreal.

Amid a gathering of two and four-legged enthusiasts, the Town of Beaconsfield inaugurated its new dog park the morning of September 12 and, at a combined 155,000 square-feet accommodating both large and small breeds, is the biggest dog park on the Island of Montreal.

“There was definitely a demand for this type of facility,” said Mayor Georges Bourelle, “and residents’ enthusiasm since the project was announced in June was instantaneous.”

The $68,000 park is not exclusive to Beaconsfield dog-owners and while there are currently no facilities for water, the hilly terrain offers a cluster of shady tree groves. Users must provide their own bags for poop removal and, as in any dog park, dogs must be licensed, vaccinated, non-aggressive, and there’s a limit of three dogs per person. Entrance to the park, for now, is limited to the southern portion of the enclosure near Elm Avenue.

A path remains outside the park for residents who want to walk from the commuter train at Beaurepaire station to the northern portion of the town.

“We’re also interested in recruiting a number of Beaconsfield residents who would be interested in setting up an association to manage the dog park,” said Bourelle. District 5 Councillor Roger Moss will serve as group liaison. “Part of the association’s work is to make sure dogs are under control of their owners and any issues can be brought up with myself or with the city,” said Moss.

Bourelle further said the town does not plan to ban specific breeds regardless of the decision of other levels of government on proposed Pitbull bans.

Pincourt

On the same day Beaconsfield cut the ribbon at site, the Town of Pincourt opened its new facility at the corner of du Hamel and Cardinal-Léger Boulevard.

As opposed to the previous dog run on Cardinal-Léger next to the town’s water filtration site, the new locale offers a water fountain with faucets for both humans and canines, a shaded area with a picnic table, and the borders of the park are surrounded with trees. Large tractor tires and fire hydrants offer spots for the dogs to play and to gossip.

Hudson

The Town of Hudson has also been at work upgrading its dog park facilities with the installation of improved fencing to designate separate areas for both large and smaller dogs. As well, structures to challenge dogs’ agility are being added to the large tract of land on Main Road, across from Thompson Park.

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