CITY of Gosnells approved the construction of an enclosed dog park at Harmony Fields in Maddington.
The council unanimously passed the decision to begin construction of two separate dog enclosures at the park, which will be fenced off from the rest of the oval.
The dog park will feature a dual gate entry system, agility features, watering points, shade and a range of surfaces to cater for differing dog requirements.
Construction will start in September and is expected to cost $329,105 with the City hoping to open the park before the end of the year.
Mayor Olwen Searle said if the park proved to be successful the council would consider finding locations for additional dog parks.
Many councillors were eager to praise the project, with Cr Searle joking they “all wanted to bark,” in favour of the project.
Councillor Terresa Lynes commended the decision and believed it would also be beneficial to those with physical disabilities and mental health disorders.
She said the park would be a great addition to the community’s health.
“Research shows they provide fitness boost to the owners as well, I feel it will become a local hub for many,” she said.
She said with backyards shrinking, it was important dogs had somewhere to exercise and hoped the park would raise the number of dog registrations in the City.
Cr Glenn Dewhurst thanked the team who had planned the project and said it would be great for dogs and their owners alike.
Cr Ron Mitchell also praised the decision and congratulated the council on their foresight to suggest the idea.