Penhurst Park as it is today. *File photo
Penhurst Park as it is today. *File photo

Plans for the island’s first dog park are still on the cards, the Bermuda Sun can reveal.

Almost nothing has been said about the PLP initiative since the new Government came to power last year.

But the Department of Parks is currently finalizing a planning application for a dog park to be constructed at Penhurst Park. The new park will be bigger than a football pitch and surrounded by a six-foot fence.

It will be divided into two areas for ‘timid’ and ‘boisterous’ pets.

The new park could also be the first of three similar enclosed compounds built across the island designed for dogs to run free.

A spokesperson for the Department of Parks told the Sun: “We wish to provide dog owners with a safe open area to allow their dogs to socialize with other dogs and to run freely without any disruption to other park users.

“This section of Penhurst Park on North Shore Road is underused, centrally located, has plenty of parking and is easily visible from the road.

“There are two other locations that have been considered but Penhurst will be the only park constructed this year.”

Although it is not clear exactly when construction on the park might begin, dog owners will be hoping it is not another false dawn.

Plans to build three parks at Astwood Park North, Happy Valley Park and Penhurst Park were first announced by former Works Minister Michael Weeks in the early part of 2012.

But the plans never came to fruition and were hampered by delays. The new dog park at Penhurst Park will be surrounded by a high fence and will cover just over 10,000 square feet.

It will have two access gates, while the double entrances will also prevent dogs in compound from escaping.

The spokesperson added: “We have solicited the help of dog lovers and dog organizations for their help with policies and are working with them on park guidelines and policing.” n