A BRAND-NEW 750 square ft enclosed park designed especially for dogs has opened in Cirencester.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Bark Park - which is situated in Rangeford Villages' Siddington Park retirement complex in Cirencester - was held on Wednesday, November 8.

The grand opening was hosted by Rangeford Villages’ CEO Howard Nankivell and was attended by a excited group of residents, staff and four-legged friends.  

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: The grand opening of Bark Park in Cirencester The grand opening of Bark Park in Cirencester (Image: Jo Welch)

Bark Park features a dog agility area, a Paws for Thought bench for owners, an eco-friendly septic tank dog poo disposal system, a grooming table and water points for thirsty pups.

It is open 24/7 for residents living in the complex and their guests.

Everything in the park has been made from recycled materials, and was created by Rangeford Villages’ award-winning landscape designers Chris and Ricky Liversidge.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Carol Chambers and her Schnauzer LexiCarol Chambers and her Schnauzer Lexi (Image: Jo Welch)

Siddington Park homeowner Roy and Carol Chambers plan to visit the park regularly with his Schnauzer Lexi. 

Mr Chambers said: “It’s a great area and is a really good place for dogs to use up some energy without having to go on a long walk on a miserable day.” 

Siddington Park’s village manager Will Ryan said: “Wellness is at the heart of a Rangeford lifestyle, and we have dedicated initiatives all year round to provide our residents with a holistic wellbeing lifestyle.

"The positive impacts owning pets can have on your health 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.”