IT WAS a dog's day out at the official opening of Gympie's off-leash park yesterday.
A small crowd gathered as councillor Rae Gate cut the ribbon with help from canine friends Hamish Ellis and Rowan.
The facility, located at Archery Park, has already been put to good use, according to Cr Gate.
"It's well located, being here on the highway. We're hearing good reports," she said.
Although the park is intended for travellers and pets passing through, many of Gympie's 4162 registered dogs have already had a play.
Completely fenced, it allows dog owners to let their pets run around without the worry of legal implications.
Gympie Dog Obedience Club instructor Ruth Waxman pointed out the immense space available to throw a ball.
A second off-leash park is being planned for Lake Alford, off the highway.
Cr Gate said it would be a family-friendly facility.
She said one parent could exercise the dog within the facility while the other could enjoy the playground or duckponds with the children.
The second park is scheduled to open early next year.