The cabinet approved a decision to lease part of High Hazels Park to Yorkshire Dog Training so they can set up a new centre there in a meeting this week.
Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for parks, said: “Thanks again to officers for this. It is a redundant bowling green up at High Hazels and it’s in my ward, so I have an interest as well.
“It’s in a corner of the park that is right at the top end and not used by many people apart from bowlers.
“It’s a small business being active and drawing in more people. If we have more people around it makes our parks much safer and I think this will help in doing that.
“It will bring some income to the park and I know the Friends of the park have been involved in the consultation, they have been around for 20 odd years and it’s a small group of people who do a fantastic job and the bowling club have been involved and they are very happy with it as well.”
It would offer a professional training service to all dog owners in the city and surrounding areas. The main aim is to educate owners in their ability to control their dog and be aware of their responsibilities.
The training area will also house a professional portable building, subject to planning approval.
In a report, council officers said it could bring a range of benefits including generating income, improving safety, enhancing the quality and attractiveness of the park and bringing the site back into use.
They added: “YDT has found providing these services to people has an ongoing positive impact.
“Customers are able to safely venture into public spaces with their dogs, knowing that they are under control and no risk to other members of the public.
“Walking whilst surrounded by nature is a well-known aid in the reduction of stress. In the hectic lives that many of us lead now, this is something that can help us on a daily basis.”
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