Residents howl for new dog park in Wilton

For the dogs: Wilton residents hope Wollondilly Council will build a dog park in growing suburb to cater for the rising number of dogs living in the area.
For the dogs: Wilton residents hope Wollondilly Council will build a dog park in growing suburb to cater for the rising number of dogs living in the area.

As Wilton's population continues to grow, so does the number of four-legged residents.

That's why Bingara Gorge residents Adam and Debbie Walker are calling for Wollondilly Council to build a dog park in the growing suburb.

Mrs Walker said the reason she and her husband moved to Bingara Gorge was because she was told there would be a dog park.

"When we moved in we were told there would be a dog park right at the end of our street," she said.

"We thought that was great but that was back in 2013 and the dog park is still not here."

Mrs Walker, who runs Walker's Paw Service and the Walkabout Paws at Wilton Facebook page, said there was a large number of animal lovers in the suburb.

"Pretty much every street you walk down there are at least two dogs in each yard," she said.

"Some of these blocks are quite small too so it would be good to have a place where people can take their dogs and just throw the ball around."

It would be good to have a place where people can take their dogs and just throw the ball around.

Debbie Walker

The avid animal lover now has the support of two Wollondilly councilors.

Cr Michael Banasik and Mayor Matthew Deeth will lodge a joint notice of motion at the council meeting on Monday, August 18 about building a dog park in Wilton.

Cr Banasik said it was a great idea and hoped one would be built soon.

"There are lots of dog lovers out there," he said.

"A few residents have approached me about building a dog park in the area.

"I think it would be a good idea to look into building a dog park in Wilton for existing and new residents."

Mrs Walker's business involves pet-sitting and dog walking. She said a lot of her clients liked the idea of a dog park as well.

"The dog community here is huge," she said.

"We also live in a wind tunnel and dogs are getting out all the time so a dog park would be a place where owners can meet each other and get to know each others puppies. It would help the dogs get home faster."

Mrs Walker said the park didn't need to be fancy.

"It would be awesome to have some agility equipment but all we really need is a fenced area with some water for the dogs and some seats for their humans," she said.

"We love going to the park at Elderslie because it has a fenced off area for smaller dogs too."