In 2014, the Town of Cobourg agreed to create a dog park. This was an area for dog owners to allow their pets to exercise off-leash and was at least partly motivated by the fact that many dog owners were using James Cockburn Park and that this was against GRCA rules and also unwelcome by other Park users. A policy was developed to define what was wanted and then a search was made to find a suitable location. In the end, although “many areas were considered, finding a suitable area that met the criteria proved difficult. 777 Ontario Street is centrally located in Cobourg and, with the addition of a parking lot and a small amount of fencing, meets the parameters outlined in the development criteria for a dog park.”
The location chosen on Ontario Street belonged at the time to a company called 520 William who owned all of the property that had been used for the Kraft factory. The land is now owned by FV Pharma and they now own the lease. The original lease was for $18,000 per year for 5 years to 14 April 2019 with a right to renew for an additional 5 years. Either party can terminate with 6 months’ notice.
$50,000 was in the 2014 capital budget to set up fencing, parking etc.
Now, staff are recommending renewal for an additional 5 years at the same price and on the same terms. Council will be asked to approve this at their Committee of the Whole meeting coming up on April 1st.