For anyone that frequents the Martensville Dog Park, you would have noticed by now that the entrance is not located in the same spot that it once was. Previously, to enter the dog park, motorists would turn from 10th Avenue South into the parking lot; however, the lot can be now accessed by turning from 10th Avenue South onto 8th Street South, and into the roadway beside Soul Power Fitness.
This move was planned to accommodate a new pathway that will be developed this spring or summer in the area. “The new pathway will be adjacent to where the previous road leading into the dog park was. Essentially, that would mean cars would be driving right beside where our pathway was, which we didn’t want for safety reasons. The intent was to change the entrance location at some point, so we went ahead and did it now so people could get used to it and then later this year, there will be a pathway that will go where the old entrance was,” Director of Recreation & Community Services Ted Schaeffer, explained.
The new pathway will be an extension of the current pathways already in place. Last year, a pathway was developed along 10th Avenue South, which this new path will connect with and lead to the dog park. “We hope to keep these pathway projects going as right now, we are very well connected all the way from North Hills Park, through Kinsmen Park, along 10th Avenue, down to the south end trail behind Glenview Cove. This new portion will allow for even more connectivity.”
The City of Martensville has plans to add some lighting sections to areas that are currently not lit in upcoming years as well.
Schaeffer added that this will be the permanent new entrance and with the closing of the previous entrance, it will create more space for parking as well. “I have been to the dog park quite a few times this winter, and there are a lot of people using it, with up to 20 cars in there at times, so this additional space will come in handy,” said Schaeffer.
At this time, there are no other major changes planned for the Martensville Dog Park; however, Schaeffer added that there are plans to eventually install fencing on the north side of the dog park, but this will be dependent on development of commercial businesses within the area.