Tails are wagging for Port Lincoln's first dog park at Puckridge Place

High impact projects continue to be delivered through the Australian Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure (LRCI) program, with Port Lincoln’s first-ever dog park now open at Puckridge Place.

The $161,000 project, fully funded by the Australian Government, was an initiative fuelled by strong community support, and injects vitality into what was a tired and run-down space.

The dog park provides a dedicated space for residents to exercise dogs of all sizes in a safe, off-leash environment – featuring a 1.8-metre-high mesh security fence.

Two entry and exit points, litter bins and dog waste disposal stations, and a dog-friendly

drinking fountain have all been incorporated into the space to make it a more enjoyable experience for two and four-legged visitors alike.

New trees and plants have been added to create an enriching experience for both dogs and their owners, with existing large trees at the site retained to maintain a cool ambiance to the area.

A new undercover area has also been introduced for shelter, including picnic bench seating.

For our canine companions, a repurposed stormwater pipe and fallen tree logs have been incorporated into the park, offering natural activities and obstacles, including a contoured area adding visual interest to the enclosure.

The LRCI program supports councils across Australia to deliver local road and community infrastructure projects, creating jobs and fostering long-lasting benefits in communities.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development and Local Government, Kristy McBain MP:

“The revitalisation of this underutilised parcel of land in the heart of Port Lincoln is a really fantastic project – which not only breathes new life into Puckridge Place, but delivers the dedicated dog park that the local community has long called for.

“This space will connect the Port Lincoln community like never before and create lasting memories – and is just one of many local priority projects being delivered by the Australian Government in partnership with the City of Port Lincoln, as part of their $1.9 million LRCI funding.”

Quotes attributable to Senator for South Australia, Senator Karen Grogan:

“Following COVID-19, we’ve seen a real uptick in the number of South Australian communities calling for dog parks, which is why it’s fantastic to see Port Lincoln’s very first dedicated space for our furry friends now up and running.

“This is a really dynamic space that will not only allow the Port Lincoln community to exercise and socialise their dogs, but to also connect with other like-minded people – which is why I’m pleased the Australian Government delivered $161,000 to get it off the ground.”

Quotes attributable to the Mayor of Port Lincoln, Cr Diana Mislov:

“Council is committed to enhancing our open spaces to create areas that are functional and meet the needs of our community.

“Your cooperation ensures a welcoming environment for everyone using the space and the residents in the area.

“Please follow dog park etiquette for a positive experience. Clean up after your dog, respect others, supervise your pet, and responsibly enjoy the space.”