Dog owners clean up beach

The Pick Up Poop Party held at Peach Orchard beach this past weekend was a huge success.

The Pick Up Poop Party held at Peach Orchard beach this past weekend was a huge success.

Pamela Ayotte, president of the Summerland Dog Owners’ Association, said it was a “fabulous turnout” with 16 members and five non members showing up to help with the clean up.

“We want to be positive role models within the community and that is why we participated in this event today,” she said. “We volunteered our time to keep Summerland beautiful and poop free.”

Earlier this spring, the dog owners’ group held a clean-up initiative, in part to build better relationships between those residents who own dogs and those who do not.

The next project for the association is to work with local committees and Summerland Municipal Council to develop and maintain clean, safe, leashed and unleashed recreation areas for dogs.

One of their goals is to try and get a regulated fenced dog park in Summerland. Not only will this be a benefit to local dog owners, but also to tourists who may have their dogs along with them on vacation.

At present, Summerland has an off leash dog beach at the south end of Peach Orchard Beach. There is also a large dog swimming area at Sun-Oka Beach Provincial Park.