At the Council meeting of 22 July 2019, Council decided not to proceed with the proposed dedicated dog park and shared paths at Fritsch Holzer Park, 18 Symonds St, Hawthorn East .
Following community feedback, we decided to make the following improvements at Fritsch Holzer Park during the 2019/20 financial year:
- Install an additional drinking fountain with dog bowl.
- Replace the existing drinking tap adjacent to the bbq area with an accessible drinking fountain with a bottle refill tap.
- Investigate options for new tree and shrub planting, noting the requirement to maintain the existing clay capping.
- Upgrade the central blue gravel circulation/maintenance access path with a cement stabilised gravel path.
- Implement the ‘missing link’ from the existing path network to Camberwell Road, via an unsealed cement stabilised gravel path extension.
We will now use learnings from this process to reassess site suitability criteria prior to considering other potential sites for a dedicated dog park.
The City of Boroondara has approximately 600 hectares of parks, gardens and reserves. Approximately half of all parks and reserves are designated off-leash areas for dogs, with the remainder requiring dogs to be kept on-leash whilst in the reserve.
While there are many off-leash areas within Boroondara, there are no dedicated dog parks with specifically designed supporting infrastructure.
Information about next steps will be published in due course.
For more information, please contact Environment and Sustainable Living on 9278 4060 for more information on this project.