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Published March 12th 2016
And a date for your dog's diary
All the doggies in and around Port Elliot are wagging their tails with glee about the exciting new features and social events at their local park.
The Port Elliot Dog Park is located right next to Waterport Heritage Reserve, where fresh well water from the reserve's well was gravity fed to ships at Horseshoe Bay in the 1850s. It was South Australia's first reticulated water system. An auspicious location indeed.
Most of the wall building, fence erecting, tree planting, paving and gardening at the Dog Park, has been done by volunteers, using materials purchased through fundraising or donated by local businesses. It's truly a Community-driven project that just gets bigger and better.
You can get to the park by driving along along Cameron Street which runs off Waterport Road. Better still, park your car at No. 58 Cellar Door and Gallery, 2kms away on Waterport Road and walk there (I'll come back to that idea later....).
Walk along Cameron Street, past the primary school and the showgrounds
The latest exciting new feature is the paving underneath the new shelter. Tireless human coordinator Ruth Miller arranged for local primary school students and other community members to make mosaic pavers using bluestone from Kanmantoo. These are being laid by volunteer stonemason Paul Freebairn around a central area. Currently the central area comprises concrete with a few rogue doggy footprints, however it's about to be transformed into a 'Superdog' mosaic designed by Goolwa artist, Mike Tye.
And there are regular social events. Here's one for your diary; Easter Saturday, March 26, from 10am until 5pm, dogs and their humans are invited to attend a dog-themed art exhibition. All welcome, entry is free.
Now here's the thing. For a special treat, after playtime at the Port Elliot Dog Park, you can take your dog on a date. Walk back to your car and stop in at No. 58 Cellar Door and Gallery where you can have lunch and wine or coffee and cake. All dogs are very welcome.
Ellie, Odie, Cilla, Jenna and Eike from the 'Friends of the Port Elliot Dog Park' Facebook page