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Dog exercise areas

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Dog exercise areas

For more information about dog ownership in the Marrickville area, visit the pets and animals section of this website.

Pets in ParksThe use of Council parks by dog walkers is encouraged and recognised by Council as creating a positive sense of community if conducted in a responsible manner.

Council provides off-leash dog exercise areas within its boundaries, some on a full time basis and others on a time-share basis (which means you can only exercise your dog off leash between designated hours each day).

Signposts have been installed in each park highlighting areas in which dogs can be exercised on and off leash.

Dog walkers must ensure their dog is under effective control at all times and does not become a nuisance or impede on the enjoyment of other park users.

Dog walkers must clean up and properly dispose of their dog's waste.

Trial off-leash areas

HJ Mahoney Reserve, Marrickville

Wharf Street

Dogs are allowed off-leash on the sportsground at all times except when in use for organised sports training and match play (see the image of the on-site signage for details). When the sportsground is in use, dogs must be kept on a leash. A waste bag dispenser has also been installed to support the trial.

The trial will be in operation until the end of June 2017 (in order to include input from winter season sports users) followed by an evaluation process, the outcomes of which will be reported to Council to determine a longer term position.

If you would like further information, please email dogs.hjmahoney.reserve@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

Johnson Park, Dulwich Hill

Constitution Road

A designated area of Johnson Park is available for leash-free dog exercise between the hours of 6am to 9am and 6pm to 8pm during daylight saving (5pm to 7pm during non-daylight saving time). Dogs must be kept on leash at all other times.

The on-site signage indicates where dogs are permitted on leash, off leash or prohibited (see the image linked below). A waste bag dispenser has been installed to support the trial.

The trial will run for six months finishing at the end of April 2017 followed by an evaluation process, the outcomes of which will be reported to Council to determine a longer term position.

Dulwich Hill and parts of the inner west are home to an endangered and protected population of long-nosed bandicoots. Council aims to balance dog owners' needs to exercise and socialise their dogs with the requirement to protect bandicoots that are under threat from dogs, cats and foxes. A trial of time restricted off leash use has potential to minimise conflicts with other park users and the endangered bandicoot population.

If you would like further information, please email dogs.johnson.reserve@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

Morton Park, Lewisham

New Canterbury Road and Gould Avenue

A designated area of Morton Park is available for leash-free dog exercise at all times. The on-site signage indicates where dogs are permitted on leash, off leash or prohibited (see image below for details). A waste bag dispenser has been installed to support the trial.

The trial will run for six months finishing at the end of April 2017 followed by an evaluation process, the outcomes of which will be reported to Council to determine a longer term position.

If you would like further information, please email dogs.morton.park@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

Petersham Park, Petersham

Brighton Street, West Street and Station Street

In addition to the permanent off leash area at Petersham Park, Council has adopted a motion to implement a trial of an additional time-restricted off-leash exercise area. Off-leash use will be allowed within the designated area between the hours of 6am to 9am and 5pm to 8pm during daylight savings time (4pm to 6pm during non-daylight savings time).

The on-site signage indicates where dogs are permitted on leash, off leash or prohibited (see the image linked below). An additional waste bag dispenser has been installed to support the trial.

The trial will run for six months finishing at the end of April 2017 followed by an evaluation process, the outcomes of which will be reported to Council to determine a longer term position.

Petersham and parts of the inner west are home to an endangered and protected population of long-nosed bandicoots. Council aims to balance dog owners' needs to exercise and socialise their dogs with the requirement to protect bandicoots that are under threat from dogs, cats and foxes. A trial of time restricted off leash use has potential to minimise conflicts with other park users and the endangered bandicoot population.

If you would like further information, please email dogs.petersham.park@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

Permanent off-leash areas and hours

Council has several areas where dogs can be exercised off-leash. These are:

Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, Newtown

Federation Road and Church Street

A designated area bound by Federation Road, Church Street, the St Stephens Church wall and the diagonal path leading from the church boundary to Federation Road is a timed off-leash dog exercise area 24 hours a day on weekdays, and between the hours of 5pm and 9am daylight savings time and 4pm and 9am non-daylight savings time on weekends. Dogs must be on a leash in all other areas of the park at all times.

Enmore Park, Marrickville

Enmore Road, Llewellyn Street and Black Street

A designated area – bound by Llewellyn Street and the two diagonal paths leading inwards from each corner of that side of the park – is available for leash-free dog exercise any time of the day. Dogs must remain on a leash outside of this area.

Enmore TAFE Park, Enmore

Sarah Street and Simmons Street

The entire Enmore TAFE Park contains a fenced area available for leash-free dog exercise at any time of the day.

Henson Park, Marrickville

Woodland Street and Amy Street, Marrickville

A designated area on the eastern side of Henson Park is available for leash-free dog exercise any time of the day, except during official match play when dogs must remain on a leash.

Marrickville Park, Marrickville

Corner Livingstone Road and Frazer Street

A designated area on the eastern side of Marrickville Park is available for leash-free dog exercise any time of the day. Dogs must remain on a leash outside of this designated area.

McNeilly Park, Marrickville

Warburton Street

A designated area is available for leash-free dog exercise any time of the day. Dogs must remain on a leash outside of this designated area.

O'Dea Reserve, Camperdown

Accessible via Ross Street, Cardigan Lane and Salisbury Lane

O'Dea Reserve contains a fenced area available for leash-free dog exercise any time of the day.

Petersham Park

Brighton, Wentworth, West and Station Street

A designated area on the south western side of Petersham Park – at the corner of Brighton and Wentworth Street – is available for leash-free dog exercise any time of the day. Dogs must remain on a leash outside of this area.

Sydenham Green, Sydenham

George Street, Railway Road and Unwins Bridge Road, Sydenham

Sydenham Green contains a fenced area for leash free dog exercise at any time of the day.

An additional designated off leash area – at the corner of Henry Street and Park Road, bound by Park Lane – is available for leash-free dog exercise any time of the day. Dogs must remain on a leash outside of these areas.

Tempe Lands, Tempe

Fenced area off South Street, Tempe – up the hill adjacent to the golf driving range

Tempe Lands contains a fenced area available for leash free dog exercise between the hours of 6.00am and 9.30pm every day.

Weekley Park, Stanmore

Percival Road, Albany Road and Clarendon Road

A designated area of Weekley Park between Percival Road and the central pedestrian path running down the centre of the park is available between the hours of 5pm and 9am daylight savings time, and 4pm and 9am non-daylight savings time.

Nearby off-leash areas outside Inner West Council Marrickville's boundaries

  • Cadigal Reserve
    Grosvenor Crescent, Summer Hill (Open in Google Maps)
    Ashfield Council
     
  • Sydney Park
    Sydney Park Road, St Peters (Open in Google Maps)
    City of Sydney
     
  • Hawthorne Canal Reserve
    Canal Road/Darley Road, Leichhardt and Hawthorne Parade, Haberfield (Open in Google Maps)
    Leichhardt Council
     
  • Smith, Hogan and Spindler Parks
    Nelson Lane, Annandale (Open in Google Maps)
    Leichhardt Council
     
  • War Memorial Reserve
    Moore Street and Catherine Street, Leichhardt (Open in Google Maps)
    Leichhardt Council
     
  • Pioneers Memorial Park
    Norton Street, Leichhardt (Open in Google Maps)
    Leichhardt Council
     

Where you can NOT take your dog

Please remember that dogs are not allowed on or off leash:

  • Within 10 metres of a childrens' play area
  • Within 10 metres of a food preparation/consumption area
  • In recreation areas where dogs are prohibited
  • In school grounds
  • In child care centres
  • In shopping areas where dogs are prohibited
  • In wildlife protection areas

Dog off leash etiquette

  • Be mindful of other park users and surrounding residents and ensure your dog is not making too much noise, is not a nuisance or impedes on the enjoyment of other park users
  • Stay alert and focused on your dog at all times. Do not let your phone or group conversations distract you
  • Keep your dog under effective voice control
  • Remove your dog if it becomes anxious, aggressive or annoys other dogs or people and seek professional dog behavioural advice
  • Don’t allow your dog to be in a pack. Several dogs exercising together may lead to overexcitement and subsequently escalate into antisocial behaviour
  • Do no exercise your dog off leash if it is under 4 months of age and not completed its vaccination program
  • Do no exercise your dog off leash if it will not come to you when called
  • If poo happens, bag it, bin it
  • Toys and food are best left at home. Dogs can protect their treats and toys. Shared toys could spread disease
  • Do no exercise more than 4 dogs at any one time
  • Ensure your dog's vaccinations and worming treatments are up to date

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