If you're looking for a word to describe the Belconnen Dog Park, dustbowl would probably be pretty appropriate. While the dog park is one of the largest in Canberra, it also doesn't provide too many amenities for owners or their dogs.
You'll find the dog park near Diddams Close Park, which has got a playground, beaches, picnic spots, and a toilet block. It's not the most fascinating park and playground around, but it's in a good spot and has everything you'd need.
The fenced dog park is just to the side of the toilet block. There's not much grass around, which makes the whole area look fairly dry and baren. There are a couple of trees, but mostly it's pretty boring to look at. There's less for dogs to sniff and smell, and there are no extra activities.
The park would be great with a few dog exercise facilities like tunnels and jumps, giving dogs more to do and also helping keep owners a little more interested. Other facilities that could do with a facelift include the drinking fountain with a tiny dog bowl and a dodgy tap, and the fact that bags aren't provided at the park for owners to pick up after their dogs. Most owners would always carry some with them, but it's useful to have them at the park for those times you forget.
Thankfully there is some good news, a park upgrade has been announced for 2013-14. The upgrade will include an upgrade of facilities, as well as the creation of a separate space for small dogs. They're much needed improvements, and while the dog park already draws a good collection of dogs and owners, hopefully the upgrade will make it a lot more useful for local residents.
For now the park is great if you don't have enough space at home to exercise your dog, or if you're looking at a chance for them to socialise, but don't head along expecting too much or you could leave a little disappointed.