Owners of four-legged friends may soon be able to enjoy new dog parks for Elche. The Department of Parks and Gardens has started an audit of all existing town parks to establish which would be suitable to convert.
Antonio Garcia, councillor for the Department of Parks and Gardens explained: “One of the requests from our residents is for designated areas for dogs. We are now studying the possibility of creating exclusive areas for dogs in all parts of the city and in the outlying districts. The aim is that pet owners can enjoy areas that have been specifically upgraded for them and with the installation of clean-up facilities to avoid complaints of animal excrement.”
In addition, Elche council is allocating €50,000 towards the improvements of children’s playgrounds throughout the town. Garcia added that this investment was in response to numerous complaints about the state of decline in the recreational areas.
More and more Spanish towns and cities are taking dog owner requests seriously. Benidorm now has a dog park at Els Tolls with a second one planned for Rincón de Loix, close to La Toretta social centre. Barcelona has responded to their residents by installing dedicated dog play areas totalling 22,500 square metres while Corralejo in Fuerteventura have put aside a beach area at Playa de Bristol.