A NEW dog park has been opened in Bandar Seri Botani, Ipoh.
Located opposite the Seri Teratai Residences and near Eco-Park 1 in the township, the 0.6ha park was opened to the public in June.
Pinji Botanics Sdn Bhd Residential Properties Sales Manager Ng Chen Nee said the park is fenced to separate it from Eco-Park 1, providing a dedicated recreational space for dogs.
It is open daily from 7am to 7pm, except Tuesdays, the day the company carries out maintenance for the parks in the residential area.
Ng said the park has basic dog training facilities like hoops, bars, a balancing bridge, steps, climbs and weave posts.
â€śWe researched basic facilities needed for such parks.
â€śWe also accepted suggestions from the public on how to enhance the facility,â€ť Ng said, adding that there are 46 parking bays available at the park, the first of its kind in Ipoh.
â€śMost residents in Bandar Seri Botani have pets so this park was created for them after we received requests for a recreational space for dogs.
â€śWe hope the park will allow residents and other people to mingle,â€ť she added.
The park is open to the public so people from other residential areas can use it.
Ng said parkâ€™s rules require that dogs be accompanied by their owners at all times and kept on a leash.
Visitors with children are advised to be mindful of safety and the cleanliness of the park.
Owners must clean up and dispose any excrement from the dogs at designated on-site disposal areas. No other animals are allowed into the fenced area.
She said events can be held at the park as well.
â€śAny organisation that wants to have gatherings involving dogs or training purposes can contact us.â€ť
Retired sales manager S. Kuppusamy, 57, and his wife, teacher K. Sarojah, 53, were seen walking their seven-year-old Belgian Spitz mix, Babu, at the park earlier this week.
Kuppusamy, who has lived in Bandar Seri Botani for four years, said the park is a welcome addition to the area.
â€śItâ€™s really good for our pets.
â€śMy dog enjoys the space to roam freely,â€ť he said, adding that he spends more time outdoors now.
â€śI hope to see some dog-related activities here like a basic obedience class, or gatherings so owners and their pets can mingle.â€ť
Former teacher Tan Heng Sim, 62, from Gunung Rapat, now regularly visits the park with her seven-year-old golden retriever, Maple, after hearing about it from a friend who lives in Bandar Seri Botani.
â€śThis is a very good idea.
â€śIpoh should have more of such parks.
â€śThere are several recreational parks in the city but they are not suitable for dogs,â€ť she said.
Tan lives in a terrace house but there is limited space for her dog.
While Chan Huan Ling, 31, from Kampung Simee applauded the dog park, she said visitors need to be responsible and clean up after their pets.
â€śI hope they can expand the place to include a swimming pool for the dogs,â€ť she said while walking with her Siberian husky, Chibus.