Chatham park approved for dog off-leash area, Council picking up remaining tab
By Aaron Hall – Daily Post Editor
Chatham-Kent Council approved recommendations during Monday nights meeting to turn John Waddell Park in Chatham into a Dog Off-Leash Recreation Area. Council also agreed to pick up the remaining tab to get the project started.
Chatham Counc. Anne Gilbert entered a successful motion to have the remaining $5,000 left to fundraise for the project to be picked up through the strategic reserve.
“There are more dogs than people that ride their bikes to work,” Gilbert said.
Cheers rang out in the audience of the Council Chambers after council carried Gilbert’s motion.
A staff report indicated that $7,200 needed to be raised in order to erect a fence around the area of the park where the dogs will be without their leash. The Dog Off-Leash Recreation Area Development Committee (DOLRA) had already raised $2,300 in pledges towards the project.
Council agreed that the DOLRA committee must bring a report back to Council in one years time to summarize any issues or concerns raised suring the approved one-year trial period for the project.