Dartford Central Park to Welcome Central Bark: Plans Announced to Transform Abandoned Tennis Courts into Off-Leash Dog Park

Dartford Central Park to Welcome

Plans have been announced to revamp the unused tennis courts behind Acacia Hall in Dartford Central Park, transforming them into a state-of-the-art off-leash dog park.

The proposal, put forth by Dartford council, aims to bring new life to the abandoned and neglected facilities. The grass courts have been left untouched for over a decade and are now covered in overgrowth and brambles.

The 1,557 sq m plot, situated behind Acacia Hall, will be converted into a secure, off-leash area where dog owners can bring their furry friends for some exercise and play time. The park will include an exercise and training area for up to 10 dogs at a time.

If approved, the project will involve clearing the overgrowth, repairing existing fences, and installing play equipment, two dog bins, and two benches. Additionally, six zig-zag posts and two low-level jumps will be added for the dogs to play on. The park will be named “Central Bark” and will be monitored by the council’s park rangers.

The park will be open from dawn to dusk, coinciding with the opening hours of Central Park. There will be no artificial lighting in the park.

The proposal has received positive feedback from the public, with two residents expressing their approval. One resident suggested the possibility of booking the area for those with reactive dogs, while another mentioned the need for good lighting and benches for dog owners.

The Grade II listed Acacia Hall estate, which includes a Victorian mansion house, a sports hall, and a former coach house, has recently undergone a multi-million pound renovation. The completion of the project also includes the restoration of the nearby River Darent.

If the plans are approved, the new dog park will be another addition to the revamped Acacia Estate, providing a much-needed space for dog owners and their furry companions to enjoy.

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