Safety Issues at O'Dea Reserve - Enclosed Area

Marrickville Council have provided an off-leash dog exercise area within O'Dea Reserve, Ross Street, Camperdown. It is one of only two fenced-in dog exercise areas within the Marrickville area. This area provides an excellent space for dogs (and owners) to socialise with each other, and is popular throughout the day, with peak times being before and after normal business hours. During the winter months, this means that the park's most popular times are in darkness. The lights surrounding the park (on Ross Street and near the playground in O'Dea Reserve) do not shed light on the enclosed area. This poses an enormous safety risk to those who rely on this park as a secure area to exercise their dogs. As well as the obvious personal security issues, there is an additional safety risk in that there are a number of potholes around the park. Over the past months, these potholes have increased in number and on a number of occasions members of the public, and their dogs, have incurred minor injuries. This petition has been set up in order to ask Marrickville Council to provide adequate lighting in the off-leash dog exercise area so that it may be used in the hours of darkness - especially during winter months. We also request that the existing potholes are filled in to limit the risk of serious injury to members of the public, especially the elderly who rely on this park as a safe place to exercise their pets. This petition will be sent to Marrickville Council on 24 April. Please offer your support by filling in your details and forwarding this link to friends and neighbours who could benefit from these changes.

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