A rendering of the dog park. (Submitted photo)

ELMSDALE: East Hants residents and their furry friends will soon have a new dog-dedicated space in the community.

The Off-Leash East Hants Society is busy working on a fully fenced-in, off-leash dog park, to be located behind the Elmsdale Legion.

“After years of residents having to exercise their dogs on ball fields, family walking trails, or sidewalks, we’re thrilled an off-leash dog park is finally coming to the area,” said Christine MacKellar, chair of the Off-Leash East Hants (OLEH) society. “There are lots of added benefits for our community in this development. Parks bring people together, and this dog park will help connect dog owners in the community with each other.”

The Off-Leash East Hants Society is a small group of dedicated volunteers with a big vision. While they differ in dog breed preference, they all share one common thing: their love of happy, healthy dogs.

“It is wonderful to see dedicated community volunteers galvanize around something for the greater community,” said Stephen King, MEH councillor for Elmsdale.

“The OLEH group formed a registered not-for-profit society and have partnered with other community organizations such as the Elmsdale Legion towards the realization of a community off leash dog park. Bravo to them!”

The Off-Leash East Hants Dog Park will be located behind the Elmsdale Legion, a space with a lot of potential currently unused by the community. It will feature a double-door entrance area, separate playing space for small and large dogs, and benches for seating. The park also plans to be fully accessible with ample parking space. It is set to open in spring of 2019.

“We all see a need for this park in the community, and we’ve been getting a lot of support,” said MacKellar. “We have residents approaching the Society wanting to lend a hand because they know their pet could really benefit from a space that’s dedicated just for dogs – big and small.”

Many fundraisers are well underway to support the community funded Off-Leash East Hants Dog Park.

Members of the community can help by donating items for fundraising auctions or purchasing a dog tag for their Memorial Wall. For more information, check out their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/offleasheasthants/.

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Patrick Healey
Pat has grown up in East Hants, having called Milford, and now Enfield home. He graduated from the journalism program at Holland College in 2001, and has spent time at newspapers in NL and Alberton and Summerside, PEI before becoming a reporter/photographer at The Weekly Press/The Laker in October 2008. He has a rescue kitty named Asha that is much loved—and spoiled. Pat is also our "social engagement guru." Check him out on twitter!