The Dog Gym

The Dog Gym

Keith Kinghorn By Keith Kinghorn

A place for pets to take their owners to play! Get their tails wagging with this fun canine workout zone.

Idea stage

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Nearly a third of households own a dog and both canines and their masters use our parks all year round. This project will make a trip to the park as much fun for pooches as their masters.

The facility will encourage owners to interact with their pets more positively by assisting with training, while also encouraging dog and owner to get more exercise. Ray Park, Woodford, in London suburbs, is an incredibly well used space for local dog walkers.

When it comes to providing gyms in the park, humans take priority. But we can have have both. Luckily, Ray Park already boasts great facilities. In recent years a large natural kids play area has been opened, and last year a large outdoor games area and gym facility was built with support from Adidas. Now we've got the chance to build a facility that 96% of surveyed dog walkers have asked for.

What we'll do:

  • Install a range of dog agility equipment.
  • Create climbs, steps, hurdles, chicanes and tunnels.

Why it's a great idea:

By 2015 half of Britain's pooches will be obese according to the PDSA. So make no mistake, this brand new concept is not just about fun - it will provide a much-needed workout for pets and owners alike. As well as being a focal point for local dog walkers to socialise and share their experiences, the project also responds to growing concern for the health of our pets.

How we'll get it done:

  • SMP Playgrounds, experts in playground and outdoor park equipment, will provide the gym.
  • SMP Playgrounds will deliver and install the equipment.
  • Once installed, the safety fencing will be removed and the facility will be open to the public.

Almost every local dog owner agrees that this is a great idea and this facility would be the first in the borough and one of a few in the UK. We think that this would build upon what is already a popular destination for local dog owners, as well as drawing in curious visitors from further afield.


About the space

An area near the entrance of Ray Park, Redbridge


Redbridge Council

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How will the money be spent?Total £6,333

Dog agility course - £4,500 (71%)
Installation - £550 (9%)
Delivery - £450 (7%)
Security fencing - £250 (4%)
Other - £583 (9%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Dog agility course
Security fencing
  • Transaction Fees
  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT

Total £6,333