Category Archives: dog park design

Ideas for Better Dog Park Design

This week Fiona (Balancing Act Adelaide) one of the authors of a new guide on the planning and design of off-leash areas for the Dog and Cat Management Board of SA was featured in a story written by Jill Pengelley of the Advertiser and Adelaide Now. Here is part of the story from Adelaide Now:

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Look & Learn

Before you develop an enclosed dog park – experience the space. A lot can be learnt from experiencing the space first hand. A site visit can be an invaluable part of your research and you can  learn a lot about: interactions within the park (dog-dog, dog-human and human-human interactions) who uses a dog park type

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Do Landscape Architects consider dog behaviour in the design of dog parks?

Over the last 12 months we’ve observed and analyzed the interactions within dog parks. These include: dog-dog, dog-human and human-human interactions. How many Landscape Architects and other open space designers consider dog behaviour in their design process? We go further than the commonly reported human conversations and connections made in dog parks to incorporating dog

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Community lend a hand to Dog Parks

  Dog Park maintenance can be expensive for local government, but community are getting involved in maintenance programs. The Alexandrina Council has a program where community members adopt a Dog Waste Bag Dispenser, who are responsible for refilling the bags. This program has been in operation since 2004 and have some 40 dispensers located within

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Design of Dog Parks

  Recently Fiona De Rosa and Kylie Fergusen of Balancing Act Adelaide were invited to present a paper at the APA Conference, May 2013, Adelaide. This is a great opportunity for us to talk about our pet subject; engage with local councils regarding the complexities of planning, designing and managing enclosed dog parks, and illustrate

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Planning & Design of Dog Parks

Balancing Act Adelaide is a consultancy specialising in Dog Parks and Pet Friendly Planning. Fiona De Rosa and Kylie Fergusen are two urban planners who share a passion for building stronger links between planning, companion animals and responsible pet ownership. Together, we have undertaken research (Australia and overseas) and audited various dog parks in Adelaide.

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