Dog park closing in Oakville to make way for new features


Published April 1, 2024 at 5:46 pm

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Dog owners who regularly use a popular leash-free park in Oakville will need to find a new haunt for the time being. 

The town recently reminded residents that the Sixteen Mile leash-free dog park is moving and will be closed as of today (April 1). In a news release, the town said the park will close as pre-construction work begins for the volleyball, tennis and pickleball courts that will be included in the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex expansion

The sports complex has been steadily progressing. Last fall, new sod was placed on the fields as construction continued on the ambitious project that will contain a community centre, library and cricket field, among other amenities.

The cricket field and additional sports fields are “on track” to open in spring 2024, the town tweeted late last year. Other park features, including a skateboard park, bike pump track, splash pad, playground, and fitness station, are expected to be completed by late 2024.

The community centre and library will open in 2025.

The project, which has seen rising supply chain costs spike costs about $17 million over budget to nearly $75 million, will be taking advantage of renewable energy technologies and green building standards. The building will be LEED-certified, taking a net-zero carbon and low-energy design approach and using features such as self-tinting electro-chromatic glass, solar walls and sensor-controlled LED lighting.

On its website, the town said the dog park will reopen this summer at its new location at the north end of the Sixteen Mile community park. 

Residents looking for other leash-free options can visit Memorial Park, Palermo Park or Glenashton Park. Other parks can be found here

– With files from Glenn Hendry

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