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Published June 4th 2011
Nestled snugly off Findon Road at Flinders Park in Adelaide's western suburbs is 'Pooch Park'. Also named Tedder Reserve Fenced Dog Park, this is the place to go to when you want to throw your dog's lead to the wind and let him run with the pack.
Double gates at two entrances ensure your furry friends can't make a run for it. As you enter this large shady park you will be impressed by its upkeep and its layout. There is plenty of shade among the large gum trees and there is the odd park bench here and there. To the side is an undercover area with benches and a table that overlook the bitumen paths and available dog obstacle courses for your dog, if he is that way inclined. These include tunnels, logs, a ramp, hurdles, a hoop, weaving poles and more. In the centre is a giant sandpit where the canine socialites tend to gather together to sniff, sit and roll around.
Should either you or your pooch feel thirsty a dual human canine water fountain is available on site.
Cleaning up after your dog is a must and both entrances have doggie doodle bag dispensers and bins. For the owner a well tended toilet block sits just outside the main entrance.
Amazingly, on this neutral ground, dogs of all sizes and shapes mingle happily together. Apparently altercations are few and far between, but it is an expectation that all owners remain close to their charges and ensure they are under effective control. All dogs should be vaccinated and registered and young children supervised, but other than that they are free to run and roam and you are free to watch and chat.
Convenient off street parking is available, but if you prefer your dog on a lead then Pooch Park is surrounded by the Torrens catchment Linear Park bike and walking tracks. But that's a story for another day.