Virden dog park plans for a fenced area near fish pond

Virden does not yet have a dog park but the town is in the process of allocating land to be used for a dog facility.

In a little used area off of Government Rd. S. just beside the soccer fields, the Virden Dog Park committee is planning for a fenced 93 by 225-foot area for dogs to exercise, free from the constraints of a leash.

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On their Facebook page the group expresses hope for enlarging the facility at some point but says, “at this time, we want to focus on creating the perfect park for residents and their furry friends to use in the very near future.”

Corie Williams, committee chair, said the search for a place to create a dog park for Virden began about July of 2019.

Williams is the owner of a miniature Australian shepherd. Walking a dog on a leash is not always the right time to have the canines interact. “Sometimes people are training when they are walking their dogs,” she pointed out. But a dog park is the ideal way for dogs to socialize.

Dog parks need to be fenced. “Not all dogs have good recall,” Williams noted. A fence allows the owner to relax, knowing their dog cannot leave the area.

They need to raise about $10,000 to have a fence built and signage in place. With zoning changes required, this is a work in progress.





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