At Stonecutters Ridge there’s a nice big field to kick the ball around. They’ve even built a nice playground. They’re definitely catering to the new families that will be moving in to the neighbourhood. But what about the families with dogs?
In the Sydney Metro area, more households have dogs than children. The Lord Mayor of Sydney has recognised this and has been a proponent of creating more dog friendly areas across the city. 73% of the 1527 public submissions sent to the city backing proposals to make the inner city a friendlier place for canines, and staff have recommended turning 44 of the city’s 350 parks and reserves into areas where unleashed dogs can play under their owners’ supervision at any time of the day or night.
Only three parks – Edmund Resch Reserve in Redfern, Joynton Park in Zetland and Embarkation Park in Potts Point – currently have such provisions. Eighteen others allow dogs off-leash only between 6pm and 8am.
Stonecutters Ridge, once finished, will be a huge development – upwards of 800 new homes. Nevermind the fact that the surrounding area is slated for major development over the coming decade as well. With all the new homes, someone must realise that there will be heaps of new family pets – pets that will need a good place to exercise.
Currently there’s an offlead dog park in Quaker’s Hill, the neighbouring suburb to Colebee (where Stonecutters Ridge is located), but let’s be honest here. It’s a sorry excuse for a dog park. Neglected and underused, this either needs a major makeover, or Blacktown Council should put a portion of an existing free space aside as a fenced in, dog friendly play area. Dogs need proper exercise just as much as the rest of us.
Is it too much to ask? Who’s with me?