Since our family moved out of the big city of Wellington for the quiet country life of Greytown, Jackman and I spend most of our days chasing birds, eating grass, sleeping and playing with each other all in the pleasure of our big backyard. So the idea of a going to a dog park isn't really that appealing to us. We decided that instead of checking out the Greytown Dog Park ourselves, we would send our human mum to investigate and report back to us. Well, she didn't disappoint. Read her review on the park below and what she discovered.
The day I walked to the Greytown Dog Park with my daughter I felt a bit guilty about not having Jessie and Jackman with me even though I knew they were happy laying in the sun at home. When we arrived at the park there were two Council workers topping up the poop bag dispenser and a woman with her dog. In speaking with the Council workers I discovered a few things.
- The poop bag dispenser is checked and re-filled once week. Still watch your step because you might come across a rogue piece of poo or two. . .it happens.
- The car park accommodates about four or five cars.
- The water bowl runs on an automated system.
- The rubbish bin is located next to the poop bag dispenser
- There is one pedestrian and dog gate to enter, with a larger gate for vehicles, which I suspect is used by the Council.
- The lack of benches for us humans to sit on encourages us to engage with our dogs while we're there.
All of these things are great for the dog owners, but what's there for the dogs to enjoys? Well, I've put my Jessie and Jackman hats on to think like them.
- The park is about as big as a rugby field with plenty of room for dogs to play by themselves or with other four-legged visitors.
- The park is covered in lush green grass for dogs to snack on or roll the scent all over or both.
- There's plenty of shade from the fully established trees, which is great on hot Wairarapa summer days.
- They would also like the access to fresh water with all the running around they can do.
- The one entry to the park allows for dogs that like to play on their own, like Jessie and Jackman, to see when another dog is arriving.
- After their big run around, pop their lead on them and walk them on the Greytown Rail Trail, which is right next to it.
If your dog likes to play with other dogs or your backyard isn't large enough for them to get sufficient exercise then visit the Greytown Dog Park. At the same time, if your dogs prefer to run around on their own without other dogs coming up to sniff their bums, the park is often quiet, with you and your dogs being the only visitors.
With Greytown full of dogs, it comes as no surprise that the dog park is top notch. It is great to find a dog park that is designed with the dogs in mind. From a dog owner perspective this is a top-notch dog park for New Zealand.
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