The MRC Maria-Chapdelaine will soon have its dog park. Development work is currently underway on a former tennis court in the Complexe immobilier Saint-Jean, in Dolbeau-Mistassini. Its opening is scheduled for mid-August.
“It’s really a great project and there has been a strong demand for such a park in our community for a very long time. And with the site already fenced and its vast space, the place is ideal for setting up a dog park,” explains Élodée Bonneau, manager for Groupe Rémabec, owner of the building of the former Juvénat Saint-Jean.
Another significant advantage is that there are plenty of spaces to park cars.
This also means that the cost for the entire project will require little investment, at most ten thousand dollars.
Sand was spread across the surface (100 feet by 200 feet) of the old tennis court, a type of soil better suited for the animal. Similarly, agility and exercise modules for the animal will be fixed to the ground (eg: culvert, ramp, structure for climbing, for performing jumps, etc.).
The park will also be lit with daytime and evening opening hours.
“It will be a regulated, supervised and safe park. It will be necessary to obtain a membership card and only dogs with a license will be admitted. Members will then have access to the park using a smart card at the entrance. »
The wooded area just behind the complex can also be used for dog walks.
France Bergeron, dog training professional, and Marc-André Boutin, musher and trainer, have already started to provide dog training lessons (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m.) and initiation to agility (Sunday at 9 a.m.) . The latter specializes more in cani-hiking, canicross and bikejoring.
In addition to the dog park, there will be introductions to harnessed sports, group or private dressage lessons and dressage for juniors (children with their dogs).
“Dog owners have been asking for a park in the MRC Maria-Chapdelaine for a long time. There are no less than 8,000 dogs with a license on the territory,” says France Bergeron.
The other tennis court, located just on the other side, also abandoned for a few years, is currently used for dressage and agility lessons.