SUMMERSIDE – Furry friends have a new place to play in Summerside, thanks to the Slemon Park Housing Corporation.
The corporation has modified one of the community's old baseball diamond's into an off-leash dog park. It's located adjacent to the Atlantic Police Academy, on Argus Drive.
David Anderson, assistant property and housing manager for Slemon Park, said the dog park idea came from brain-storming sessions some of the managers had in the spring.
The goal was to come up with ways to make the community more appealing for potential residents.
They did a survey with the tenants in the spring to see if a dog park was something they'd like. It turned out that it was.
“Ultimately we're in business to rent houses and this is just one aspect of perhaps something that we can provide that others may not be able to,” said Anderson.
The baseball park was hardly ever used, he added, and there is another, newer one, just around the corner on Slemon Park Drive.
The dog park, which is quite spacious, seems to be a hit with the locals, including Elly and Nugget.
Elly, a golden Labrador, and Nugget, a dachshund, were in the park playing with their masters on Monday.
As Richard Caron hurled balls around the enclosure, the dogs happily scampered after them.
It's quite a convenience to have the park right there, said Caron, who's lived in Slemon Park with his family for more than 10 years.
“To be quite honest, we were very, very glad it was here,” he said.
“There's lots of open space in Slemon Park – but I've spent more than one outing chasing Elly through potato fields and through people's yards. So it can be a nuisance and a little bit embarrassing for us owners. You don't want to be a nuisance but at the same time you have to exercise your dog,” he said.
All are welcome to the park so long as they follow the rules: clean up after your animal, don't let them dig or damage property, lock-jaw breeds are prohibited and, if the animal is causing problems for other owners, are asked to leave.