Tail Wags: 3 out of 5
Location: Mt. Victoria, entrance off Palliser Road
Running water: No
Poop bags: No
I really want to give this park a higher tail wag rating than a three. How could I not. The park is doggy heaven with the endless grassy field for me to run around and roll my scent all over. There are bushes to explore, while there are great areas to hide.
Who cares about fencing or water or poop bags. I don't need any of that to have a good time. Ok, well of course you humans do. Because it only is a big grassy field for me to run around in and doesn't have things for my humans to use to pick up my poop or a place for me to drink water or eliminate my chances of escaping, three tail wags was pretty generous. Despite the low rating this is by far my favourite dog park in Wellington. Thank goodness we live so close that we can walk to it from town.
The park is big, even bigger than Cog Park. The park slopes in a variety of areas, so my fellow dog mates you need to be mindful of that when running around. There are five benches that run along the top of the park, with a sixth one tucked away further down. This is a great spot for the humans to sit and watch us or take a break after a game of fetch. The humans get a bit nervous when I duck into the bush where there are a series of houses. Try as I might, I have not managed to get into any of the backyards, which makes me think those humans have done a pretty good job to keep us dog park doggies out of their area. . . fair enough.
Along the top part of park, behind the benches, is one of the many trails leading around Mt. Vic. For the most part we're more interested in playing in the grass then checking out who or what is moving along the trail. Human parents be sure that your furry four-legged kiddies are 100% on their recall in all situations. This will minimise any chance of a difficult encounter. I'm speaking from experience as I have recently failed in listening to my human parents recalling me. I like to think of it as selective hearing. You humans have that too, right? I have to practice what I preach here so until my recall is 100% then my visits here and other parks are temporarily on hold. This is a smart call made by my human parents.
When I am behaving, the park is a great place to play fetch because the space is so wide open that I can chase the ball for what seems like miles. Granted, once I get the ball I don't bring it back to my parents. . . ha, ha, ha. There is enough area for me to play separately if I'm not feeling up to playing with other doggies. When I do want to play with other dogs it can be heaps of fun running around chasing each other. If it gets a bit too much it's easy enough to escape back to home base of my human parents.
From a human parent perspective the down falls include the lack of rubbish facilities, no fencing and no access to fresh running water, not even a water bowl like there is at Cog Park. The nearest rubbish bins are located by the dairy on Hawker Street heading back into town or all the way at the top of Mt. Vic. Adding one bin would probably encourage more people to pick up after us, which in turns minimises the spread of disease found in faeces. As a dog I would prefer that there wasn't a fence. However, I do understand the security they bring to my humans. Raise the question with your local council to see what can be done to see a fence added.
It is important to mention it is the responsibility of your human parents to ensure that you all follow proper dog park etiquette.