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Newton ‘bark park’ transfer has some canine house owners howling about metropolis’s short-term repair at Unwin Park

Some Newton-area residents aren’t pleased {that a} “bark park” for canine has moved to a short lived new residence at Unwin Park.

Since 2016 an off-leash space has attracted canine house owners to the nook of 135 Road and 70A Avenue, the place the brand new Newton Neighborhood Centre will probably be constructed over the following three years.

About 750 metres away, metropolis corridor has fenced off lots at 68 Avenue and 134 Road for one more bark park, however the location, amongst different points, has some canine house owners howling.

“This isn’t acceptable, it’s simply too small and never the proper location,” complained Esterina Marziale, who runs a pet-care service. “The fence is simply too low for greater canine, who might soar proper over this and run into site visitors. We want a five-foot fence, and this plastic, it’s not ok. It must be chain-link.

“I might by no means deliver my canine right here, for all these causes.”

• RELATED: New drawings present $100M Newton Neighborhood Centre, to incorporate 50-metre indoor lap pool.

Metropolis workers contend that the brand new location brings the off-leash space right into a extra central location in Newton.

Additionally, the unique bark park was created six years in the past “as a short lived measure inside a personal property/vacant lot to encourage optimistic actions on the undeveloped land,” in line with an announcement from town’s Parks, Recreation & Tradition division.


Huge canine bark on the new “bark park” in Newton, on the southeast nook of Unwin Park. Some canine house owners aren’t pleased that the off-leash park has moved to a short lived new residence. MORE IN STORY: @Newton_BIA #SurreyBC

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Newton has 5 off-leash areas for canine, however the one at 135 Road was hottest with residents of the close by Greenbrook constructing managed by BC Housing, together with canine proprietor Courtney Abraham.

“The opposite canine park was nice, and everybody helped construct it and it was good for the folks in the neighborhood,” Abraham stated whereas letting her canine Riddick run free on the new Unwin website. “Over there (on 135 Avenue), there’s much less prostitutes now and fewer condoms and medicines, needles, on the bottom, much less tenting, as a result of the sphere was used for that.”

“It’s an extended stroll right here. I received’t use this park.”

A few of her considerations are echoed by fellow canine proprietor Parm Singh. “That fence is nothing, there are massive canine that may soar proper over it,” he stated whereas strolling by the Unwin website together with his canine, Tyson.

Surrey’s supervisor of parks, Neal Aven, stated the fence top is normal for off-leash parks within the metropolis, and emphasised that the Unwin Park website is short-term.

“This fence is totally different as a result of we acknowledge that that is meant to be a short-term repair — short-term, in fact,” Aven advised the Now-Chief. “We’ve got a medium-term plan to revisit everything of Unwin Park. On the west aspect, for instance, there are a bunch of parcels which have develop into park land through the years however nothing has ever been constructed there. We have to take a holistic take a look at the whole park, which would come with reviewing the place an off-leash space is likely to be. It is likely to be that that is the realm, or we would configure it in a special place.”

Marziale is annoyed that the 135 Avenue bark park was taken away from canine house owners after six years of use.

“That park (on 135 Avenue) is greater than 5 years of my life — I used to be there when the ribbon was reduce and I used to mow the grass, too. We wished it to remain there and be a part of the brand new group centre, however right here we’re.”

“There’s no avenue parking right here and the grass is absolutely unhealthy, too,” she stated of the Unwin website.

“They are saying that is short-term,” Marziale added, “however it might be three or 4 or 5 years earlier than a brand new one is constructed right here. They’re going to revamp the park and finally put in a canine park, however now we’re caught with this.

RELATED STORY, from 2020: New canine off-leash space pitched for Surrey park that’s residence to an equestrian facility.
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