Pups to play when the sun goes away



Community backs dog park lighting

A request to have lighting installed at Rowland Reserve Dog Park is well underway, with a draft plan recently on public exhibition. 

Local Jackie Smith, a regular user of the dog park, started an online petition to have lighting installed in the park due to the lack of visibility at night. The petition received over 300 responses. 

The petition inspired Pittwater Ward councillor Ian White to submit a notice of motion to Northern Beaches Council to investigate the possibility of lighting. 

Councillor White said that the Northern Beaches has a ‘disproportionately’ high level of dog ownership.

“Bayview Dog Park is a very heavily used community park. As a regular user of this park, I know that it is currently unusable after dusk,” Councillor White says. 

“I believe there is an opportunity to provide for some low spill evening lighting for dog park users during winter months, without reducing the amenity of nearby residents.” 

The draft includes ten new six-metre-high lampposts to allow dog walkers to see after the sun goes down.  

There has been some criticism from locals on social media towards the idea of 24-hour lighting in the park.

Councillor White says this is ‘surprising’, as there has been no proposal for round-the-clock lighting. 

“Public consultation has been set up for people to indicate whether they think evening lighting at Bayview dog park is a good idea or not. If they think it is a good idea, what hours should it operate?” he says. 

While there are several dog parks on the Northern Beaches that benefit from sports ground lighting, Rowland Reserve Dog Park would be the first to have lighting specifically installed for off leash dog walking.

Public exhibition on the draft plan closed on 28 November. After the exhibition, a report detailing the community’s feedback will be presented to Council for consideration early in 2022. Council will then decide on whether to pursue the project further.

Jess Clarke, Journalist, Peninsula Living Magazine

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