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Plans for outdoor haven for dog owners and active residents

Community facilities continue to grow at South Ripley’s Providence with developer Okeland Communities revealing plans for a new off-leash dog area and active lifestyle space.

The off-leash areas will cover about 2,500 square metres on Harmony Crescent to the north of the Providence Land Sales and Community Centre and the popular Splash ‘n’ Play park.

Providence project director Michael Khan said the park space was part of Providence’s overall town masterplan to provide residents with facilities to pursue active and healthy lifestyles.

“Providence is home to many four-legged residents, and this park is our way of making sure that there are public spaces available for them to enjoy the beautiful outdoors in a safe and clean environment,” he said.

“Dogs will be free to run and play off the leash, while the adjoining exercise park will provide a place for people to enjoy the outdoors and for social groups to be active together.”

The exercise park will feature suitable open space and an outdoor gym circuit made up of the latest outdoor equipment on the market.

It will also have a soft fall undercover exercise area designed for outdoor yoga or group exercising, and a range of other social outdoor activities.

Plans have the off-leash dog areas separate into two different spaces; one for small dogs and one for larger dogs.

These areas will also include canine agility equipment and a sheltered area where owners can watch over their pets in comfort.

“We will also include parking facilities to make the park accessible to everyone,” Mr Khan said.

“It is important to us that we foster a belief in all residents that their home extends past their front door, and this park is a big step towards that goal.”

The park is expected to open by the end of 2019.

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