I've met quite a few dog owners in the local area who don't know that there is now a fenced dog exercise area in Huonville. Check it out - it's in Heron Street next to the public swimming pool. Turn left after Woolworths if you're coming from the south.
When we first moved to the Huon Valley we looked on the Council web site to find out where the off-lead dog parks were. Apart from the Franklin Foreshore, the closest one was in Huonville. When we got there, we were disappointed to find it was a small piece of shady, boggy land. No fence. No other dogs. Our own front paddock was better.
Since then, the Huon Valley Dog Walking Association worked with the Council to expand the area used for the dog park, fence it, improve drainage and add amenities like seating, poo bags, a water tap and bowl and plants. It's now a lovely spot to take your dog for a good run or just some sniffing and socialising. It has proven so popular and and feedback has been so good that it's rumoured Council is considering further fenced dog exercise areas in other Huon Valley towns. Great news for dogs and their owners.