Tag Archives: dog park design

Life without your pet

Pet Friendly Planning. Does it exist in Australia? Companion animals are a part of our lives. Yet, public policy (urban planning) tends to give little consideration to this area. In the publication ‘Unleashed – a guide to successful dog parks’ we start to explore the topic of how to integrate companion animals (dogs) into urban

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Balancing Act Adelaide wins Planning Institute Award

At the recent Planning Institute of Australia ‘PIA’ (SA) Awards for Planning Excellence 2014, Fiona De Rosa from Balancing Act Adelaide was presented with the Cutting Edge Research and Teaching Award for the study of Dog Park Design. The study of dog park design resulted in a publication “Unleashed, a guide to successful dog parks”

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Do People Walk or Drive to Dog Parks?

Do people walk or drive to a dog park? Research shows that 68% of park users in the Adelaide region drive to a dog park (Hazel and Thomsen, n.d. The University of Adelaide). This indicates that parking is a key planning consideration for local councils thinking about developing a new or upgrading  an existing dog

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Off Leash

When did Dog Parks first appear in South Australia? This is a question we are often asked, and this week’s blog lists those designated, Enclosed Dog Parks that we know about and have audited in South Australia. Before Balancing Act Adelaide developed a specific, up-to-date listing of enclosed dog parks, you would have to scramble

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Australia-wide Survey of Dog Parks

Australia-Wide Dog Park Survey. We need over 500+ completed surveys. We only have 225. Help us! Fiona De Rosa from Balancing Act Adelaide is working with Dr Susan Hazel and Dr Lisel O’Dwyer from The University of Adelaide to conduct research into how people exercise their dogs, particularly in dog parks. The University has collected

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Dog Parks Not a simple concept!

  Dog Parks may seem like a simple concept. However, they are far more complex than putting a chain-mesh fence around a vacant piece of land. The recent article “Restrictions on Popular Park” in The Courier (Newspaper of the Adelaide Hills, Wednesday, 16 October, 2013) highlights some of the issues that the Adelaide Hills Council

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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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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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