Montague council rejects request for dog park

Steve Sharratt
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MONTAGUE - Montague town council has turned paws down on approving the construction of a dog park for eastern P.E.I.’s largest town.

The request came from a small group of dog owners who want to be able to run their dogs off the leash.

While councillors welcomed the idea, they weren't wagging any tails over the $12,000 price tag.

“I see the benefits and can understand why dog owners would like this, but twelve grand?” questioned Coun. Debbie Johnson. “I don’t know if we can justify that kind of expense.”

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The dog owners say they have no safe place to exercise their dog or allow animals to socialize within the town.

Many owners walk their dogs on the Confederation Trail which cuts through the town, but a leash is required.

Others walk dogs at the Three Rivers Roma site or Brudenell Provincial Park.

Many owners would like something similar to the Upton Road or Stratford dog park and councillors suggest a meeting with the dog owners to discuss options would be helpful.

“We have too many items coming down the road that require money,’’ said Coun. Jim Bagnall. “I think there are other matters that are more important.”

There are 27 dogs registered in the town, but chief administrative officer Andy Daggett suggested there were likely many more without tags.

The town has a section of land near the Wellness Centre that could be used for a park, but the required fencing would cost about $12,000.

Organizations: Montague council, Three Rivers

Geographic location: Eastern P.E.I., Brudenell Provincial Park, Upton Road

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Recent comments

    January 07, 2016 - 11:11

    Congratulations Council for saying no to this. But what a novel idea, - have dog owners pay for it themselves, - form a dog club and charge membership fees. The sky is the limit, have a club house and weekly dances so the dogs' need to socialize can be met.

  • Really!
    January 07, 2016 - 10:35

    This council votes down everything unless one of their own is going to benefit or is affected somehow. Montague the Beautiful really needs to get their younger generations involved and get the old croonies who just don't want change out of there. Moving forward in thinking and doing is the only way to keep people in your towns. Another sad day for the people in the area.

  • Regular Joe
    Regular Joe
    January 07, 2016 - 10:29

    Lets see 27 dog owners and a cost of 12 grand for fence . No problem town can provide property and the owners or users can ante up the $450.00 a piece for the fence . Now this would be a more fair proposal , I would think then the town footing the entire bill . more users less the cost for fence . Stop looking for handouts people .

    • @Joe
      January 07, 2016 - 11:10

      I agree with you!

  • Carmen Young McGrattan
    January 07, 2016 - 10:19

    why not Gate the Park and charge a fee, as in the Snowmobile Trails? entrants could use a keycard to access the gate, to go in and Play... :)

  • Pat McGowan
    January 07, 2016 - 09:51

    I'm disappointed for dog owners.This item was on my agenda when I was Mayor,but scrapped by next council.Socializing is so imp. for dogs and the $12,000 price tag is a small price to pay.Hopefully this decision will receive a second look.

  • Eileen
    January 07, 2016 - 09:24

    $12,000 is not a significant amount for a dark park which can be used by the entire town. It increases public safety as well as people have a fenced area to let their dogs off leash. Very backward decision by council, disappointing. Even Cornwall has one, terrible location but it is there.

  • no thanks
    January 07, 2016 - 09:06

    make it into a profitable business - charge membership before you open it

  • James
    January 07, 2016 - 08:18

    Mayor Collins and Council should be ashamed of this decision. The majority of muncipalities have dog parks. You just recently requested a museum in your Town. You do not need this bad publicity. Get with the times. As for Coun Bagall talking about wasting money, he should be good at that after being an MLA. Where is the commons sense

  • AL
    January 07, 2016 - 08:11

    I bet they are waiting for all that revenue from all the rural areas that they want to amalgamate, then they will have lots of money for silly things. Dog owners should fence in their own properties if they want a dog park.

  • Dog owner
    January 07, 2016 - 07:40

    Life expectancy for a chain link fence is 30+ years. A small cost for something that promotes people/pets getting outside. Also having a safe place for pets to run off leash means a lot to a dog owner. Especially since I know the owner of the dog who got caught in a snare and died recently.

  • Pet Owner
    January 07, 2016 - 07:12

    This is disgraceful for the Council to vote down a dog park. The majority of municipalities have dog parks for rereation and socials. I am sure Coun Bagnall knows quite well about how to waste money being an previous MLA. Get with the times Mayor Collins and Council. You just requested a museum for your Town, you do not need this bad publicity. Animals should be treated fairly and have an opportunity to exercise and social with other dogs. I would suggest you reconsider this immediately