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Essex has opened its first off-leash dog park located at the old outdoor pool house near the Essex Centre Sports Complex. The temporary dog park takes advantage of the existing enclosed and grassed area.
Doug Sweet, Director of Community Services, says the park will be self-policed but guidelines will be prominently posted on a series of signs.
“We want to protect everyone’s use and enjoyment of the park,” says Sweet. “This location is well-suited for a temporary off-leash park, but users will be expected to follow a realistic set of expectations. These include ensuring that your dog has up-to-date vaccinations and dog tags, that you provide constant supervision and voice control, and that you pick up and dispose of dog waste immediately and appropriately.”
Puppies under four months old, dogs in heat, and sick or aggressive dogs are prohibited from using the park.
Handlers must be at least 16 years of age and each handler is limited to three dogs. Children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
Sweet expects to use this temporary location until such time as a permanent location can be identified and established as part of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan.