Who would have expected to find a K9 Park on the rooftop of a shopping center? I didn’t. I was just exploring one of the newest shopping centers in Singapore when I discovered this rather unique feature.
One day, my wife and I decided to check out Nex Shopping Centre, one of Singapore’s newest shopping malls, located in Little India. Exploring the mall, we ended up at the mall’s Skygarden, which is actually the rooftop. Walking around this garden in the sky, we found a public library and a children’s wet and dry playground, which presented me with a photo op.
Then I noticed a sign. It said ‘No dogs beyond this point’.
Huh? I turned around and saw a fenced up area with toy dogs unleashed and running about in that small space. I had to investigate this and found that this was indeed a K9 Park, which is the first of its kind in a Singaporean mall. This fenced-up area is divided into two areas; one for small dogs and the other for big dogs. Both had high jump bars, hoops, slides, and a water dispenser.
Other than the big dogs, the smaller dogs can be unleashed within the K9 Park.
There were no big dogs when I was there. So the action was in the small dog area.
But once the dogs are outside the K9 Park, they must be leashed and are prohibited from visiting other parts of the mall.
To access the K9 Park, dog owners are to use a designated lifts in the mall.
Apparently, this K9 Park was the idea of pet retail chain Pet Lovers Centre’s managing director, who brainstormed with Nex’s developer on how to make the mall pet-friendly. Not surprisingly, Pet Lovers Centre is one of the largest tenants on the rooftop. It’s branch, known as Pet Safari, offers pet food, accessories, and veterinary services in one location.
What’s more, there is Doggiestyle Cafe, a pet-friendly cafe, situated within a few meters of the K9 Park.
While this is not a truly pet-friendly shopping mall, I still think it is a great idea.
The K9 Park is open from 11am to 9pm daily. More information about Nex can be found here