Dog Park Looking Unlikely After Location Proves Elusive

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IT is looking unlikely that Tralee will get a designated dog park in the near future as a suitable location cannot be identified.

Back at the July meeting of Tralee Municipal District councillors, Fianna Fáil Cllr Norma Foley asked the Council to investigate the potential for opening a designated dog park facility in town after receiving numerous requests from members of the public about the need for such a park.

Cllr Foley said it should be a fenced in, off lead park for dogs in the company of their owners in a new green space entirely removed from existing parks in the town.

She said there are a number of such parks in Dublin operating successfully under the control of the local authority there.

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The Council said they would investigate and assess the matter and would come back to the councillor with an update at a future meeting of the council.

At Monday’s meeting of Tralee MD councillors, Council Management stated that the Environment Department carried out some research and spoke to the Dublin local authorities who operate such parks in the city and county.

The Council said the options to carry out a pilot in Tralee are limited to a very small number of parks, most of which would be unsuitable for varying reasons. They said outside of existing parks, there is currently no funding available to develop a new facility.

Cllr Foley expressed her disappointment and said there was a huge demand for such a facility. She asked the Council to look at it again going forward if a Greenfield site becomes available.

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