© Ashley Thompson
Brenda Simpson, Deb Lantz and Ron Such enjoy the new dog park in Hantsport with their four-legged friends Monty, Tilley and Finnigan.
Dogs now have a space to roam free in Hantsport.
The Hantsport Memorial Community Centre (HMCC) board announced the completion of an off-leash dog park at the corner of Highway 1 and Main Street on Dec. 16.
“We are delighted to announce the creation of another opportunity for community building and an active and healthy lifestyle for our neighbours. Fundraising plans are already in place to support this new facility,” said HMCC president Lorraine McQueen, in a press release.
Ron Such, first vice-president of the HMCC board, pitched the idea at an HMCC meeting a couple of months ago.
“There is not any of the 18 acres of recreational area that is used year round,” said Such in an interview.
The HMCC property — home to Churchill House — includes such seasonal attractions as a swimming pool, ball fields, walking track, tennis facility, basketball court and skating rink.
It didn’t take long for the public to take advantage of the HMCC group’s latest offering.
Even in the height of the storm that brought 15 to 20 centimetres of messy winter weather to the area on Dec. 15, dogs could be seen running through the field, playing with their owners and rolling in the snow.
It’s exactly what Such envisioned.
“What I’m hoping is that it will promote physical activity for the owners and the dogs and…it will be a nice opportunity for people to meet other dog owners and dog lovers.”
Such says the fenced-in field designated for the dog park will be maintained by the Town of Hantsport, and users will be asked to follow a few simple rules to ensure everyone can enjoy their time at the park.
Hantsport Mayor Robbie Zwicker and CAO Rob Frost were included in the selection process when HMCC chose a plot of land for the park, Such added.
He says the HMCC board invites people from throughout the Annapolis Valley, and the province, to visit the off-leash zone.
“We’re also hoping that people from Windsor, Falmouth, Kentville and Wolfville will come and use the dog park,” he said.
Picnic tables will be brought in this spring to encourage people to pop in, have some lunch and stay awhile.
“We’re hoping that as people come into the Valley from Halifax that they’ll stop in Hantsport, have a picnic and exercise their dogs before they go into the Valley.”