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17/11/2023 Siddington Park, General, Case Study, Blog, Corporate
Cirencester's new retirement complex, Siddington Park, has just held the grand opening of the first 'Bark Park'.
The Bark Park is an enclosed interactive dog park, situated in the heart of the retirement village operated by Rangeford Villages in Gloucestershire.
The Bark Park is in a mature woodland area providing shade on hot days, as well as a dog agility area, a ‘Paws for Thought’ bench for owners, an eco-friendly septic tank poop disposal system, a grooming table and water points for thirsty pups.
The Bark Park is also covered in tree-bark chippings so it doesn’t get water sodden and muddy on wet days. There are also café-style lights hanging around the outside so it can be used on winter evenings.
Everything in the Bark Park has been made from recycled materials, and was created by Rangeford Villages’ multi award-winning landscape designers, Chris and Ricky Liversidge.
The Grand Opening was hosted by Rangeford Villages’ CEO Howard Nankivell, with residents and staff from Siddington Park invited with their canine chums.
Siddington Park homeowner Roy Chambers often visits the Bark Park with his schnauzer Lexi. “It’s a great area and really good for dogs to use up some energy without having to go on a long walk on a miserable day.” he says.
Siddington Park’s Village Manager, Will Ryan added: “The evidence of the positive health impact of owning pets is well known.
“Especially during retirement, pets can help to prevent feelings of isolation and loneliness but also provide that important motivation to complete daily activities.
“Our new Bark Park offers our dog owners a wonderful new space to socialise in.”
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