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Jumps for dogs . . . Longford Intermediate pupils (from left) Kaden Officer (12), Eli Willetts (11) and Sam Copland (12) in front of one of the jumps they and their class members designed for the new Hamilton Dog Park. Eli is holding one of the dog jump models the pupils made. Left: Two of the dog jumps designed by the pupils and made by the Gore Woodworkers Club.PHOTOS: SANDY EGGLESTON

Dogs will be able to jump to it courtesy of a class of community-minded Longford Intermediate pupils.

Room 11 pupils have designed jumps to be installed at Hamilton Park’s new dog park and Gore Woodworkers Club members have made three of the designs.

The park, due to open before Christmas, is one of two planned as part of the Gore District Council’s dog control action plan which aims to reduce dog-related danger and nuisance.

Mataura’s Henderson Park dog park was finished in October.

Gore District Council parks and reserves manager Ian Soper said originally the plan for the dog park did not “include any fun stuff for the dogs”.

He welcomed the pupils’ ideas when he was approached with the proposed project.

“[It is a] great initiative and wonderful for the children to get involved in a project delivering a new asset for the community.”

It was good when the community became involved in council projects, he said.

It was also a great collaboration with the local Gore Woodworkers Club .. in making jumps that the children had designed.

Teacher Nicky Millar said the project came about after pupils had been learning about Sam Johnson and the Student Volunteer Army which helped the community after the Christchurch earthquake.

The pupils wanted to do something to help their own community, Mrs Millar said.

Many ideas were suggested before the jump project was selected.

“It wasn’t dictated by me. It was all their thinking. The pupils designed the jumps on a computer programme during technology class and then made a model of the design.”

Time was running out towards the end of the year and so it was decided to make just three of the jumps, otherwise the pupils might not have seen the project completed.

“I wanted the kids to see it before the end of the year.

“We decided three would be a realistic number to achieve.

“The kids are pretty proud they have seen their idea come to fruition.”

She was grateful for the way community groups had become involved, she said.

“I’m really, really proud to be in that community where these other community organisations band together to support the kids.

Room 11 pupil Sam Copland said the jumps would be a good community asset.

“They are good for getting people out exercising dogs,” Sam said.

He liked the way the class had done something for the community.

Woodworkers club workshop manager Stan Fissenden said the club members were pleased to be part of the project.

“We thought the designs were very good.”

Club members often helped out with community projects.

“It just keeps some of us oldies that don’t play golf or bowls out of trouble,” he said.