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Canine Lovers in Heaven as Providence Opens First Dog Park

Providence will roll out the red carpet for canine lovers and their furry friends next month when it hosts a mega celebration to launch the community’s first dog park.

To be held on Saturday, November 9, the grand opening of the 2,500sqm off-leash area will coincide with the fourth annual 'Dogs on Patrol' event and see pets and their owners compete for an array of competition prizes. The monthly Ripley Markets will also take place from 3-8pm at the nearby Splash ‘n’ Play Park, with more than 60 stalls, live music, children’s entertainment and delicious food.

One lucky Providence community member will also receive the honour of cutting the ribbon to officially open the park, with residents invited to nominate why they or someone they admire deserve to be part of the history-making ceremony.

Located on Harmony Crescent to the north of the Providence Land Sales and Community Centre and the popular Splash ‘n’ Play Park, the off-leash area features different spaces for small and large dogs, canine agility equipment and a sheltered area where owners can watch over their pets in comfort.

Providence Project Director Michael Khan said the Dogs on Patrol event was the perfect occasion to showcase the South Ripley township’s latest addition.

“We know how much so many of our residents love their four-legged friends and we are thrilled to be able to provide a safe and clean environment for them to play, exercise and socialise,” he said.

“Having proudly supported Dogs on Patrol for the past three years, it’s great that the Queensland Police Service and Neighbourhood Watch Queensland initiative will call our all-new dog park home in 2019.

“We can’t wait to celebrate our canine companions and the joy they bring to so many residents’ lives.”

Dogs on Patrol aims to remind members of the community walking their dogs to think about their personal safety and also report any suspicious activity, behaviour or offences to police.

Attendees will also be able to collect a Dogs on Patrol dog tag, with free engraving courtesy of Ipswich District Crime Prevention Unit.

A series of competitions and games will be held on the day, including My Dog Has Talent, Owner/Dog Lookalike Contest and a canine version of Musical Chairs.

Learn something new with one of our pooch presentations from Ipswich Dog Obedience Club, Ripley Vet and local dog behaviourist Veronica from Thumping Tails.

Take a special Canine Christmas Photo at our photo booth or pose for a photo from our roving local dog photographer Angela from Novella Photography.

Vote for your favourite doggy finalist photo. Entries close 12pm Midnight Wednesday 6th November. With over $1,000 in prizes simply take a photo of your little mate and upload it at the Providence Community website. Winner will be announced on the night.

Program of Events

  • 5.00pm - Start
  • 5.15pm - Welcome and Opening
  • 5.20pm - Dog Musical Chairs (Sit)
  • 5.35pm - Five ways to keep your pets in top health - Ripley Vet
  • 5.45pm - My Dog Has Talent
  • 6.00pm - Ipswich Dog Obedience
  • 6.15pm - Dog Musical Chairs (Sit)
  • 6.25pm - Dog Most Like Owner
  • 6.35pm - Body language for Dogs - Thumping Tails
  • 6.50pm - Announcement of Dog Photo Competition and Close
  • 7.00pm - Dog Musical Chairs (Sit) and Doggy Group Photo Time
  • 7.05pm - Dinner and Shopping At Ripley Markets

The Providence Dog Park Opening, including Dogs on Patrol, will be held from 5-7pm on Saturday, November 9. The monthly Ripley Markets will also unfold from 3-8pm at the nearby Splash ‘n’ Play Park, with more than 60 stalls, live music, children’s entertainment and delicious food.