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Off-leash areas

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While pets can bring joy, fun and enrichment into the lives of City residents, proper dog ownership requires responsibility.

It is vital to walk and exercise pets. Regular off-leash exercise helps relieve pet boredom and release pent up energy when dogs are confined to small areas. Exercising and walking your dog can aid in the reduction of nuisance behaviour like uncontrolled barking.

The City of Parramatta recognises the need for public open spaces as private backyards and garden spaces decrease. Off-leash parks allow both dogs and owners alike the ability to mingle and meet in convenient, safe areas.

Responsible dog ownership

City rangers are actively working with the community to promote the principles of responsible dog ownership whilst using public park facilities. However, it is the responsibility of all park users and dog owners to control their dogs and to clean up after them using the facilities provided.

City of Parramatta has installed clear signage in public parks and provides dog litter bag dispensers and bins at all of our designated off-leash parks. Please practice courteous clean-up in these shared spaces.

Take your pooch out to one of the off-leash parks and spaces.

Off-leash areas

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Please remember that dogs are prohibited in and around children's playgrounds and food preparation areas (BBQs).

Dogs must be on-leash in all public places such as bushland, parks, sporting fields and streets (except designated off-leash areas).

List of off-leash areas

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Barnett Park, Winston Hills

Features: Dog Off Leash Area 

Burlington Memorial Park, Northmead

Features: Dog Off Leash Area Picnic Facilities  

Cowells Lane Reserve, Ermington

Features: Off Street Parking Dog Off Leash Area Playground Outdoor Exercise Stations  

Dan Mahoney Reserve, North Parramatta

Features: Dog Off Leash Area  

Deakin Park, Silverwater

Features: Dog Off Leash Area PlaygroundPicnic Facilities 

Don Moore Reserve, North Rocks

Features: Dog Off Leash Area Playground Tennis Courts  

George Kendall Riverside Park (fenced area only), Ermington

Features: Off Street Parking Dog Off Leash Area Playground Outdoor Exercise Stations Sporting Field Picnic Facilities Tennis Courts

John Wearne Reserve, Carlingford

 Features: Off Street Parking Dog Off Leash Area Playground Outdoor Exercise Stations Sporting Field Tennis Courts

McCoy Park (Basin Only), Toongabbie

Features: Off Street Parking Dog Off Leash Area Playground Sporting Field  

Pierre De Coubertin Park, Newington 

Features: Dog Off Leash Area Playground  

Dogs in public places

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How to look after your dog responsibly in public.

Do

  • Keep your dog on a leash at all times (unless in an off leash park)
  • Maintain effective control of your dog at all times, even when off leash
  • Pick up your dog’s droppings and dispose of it in a rubbish bin
  • Be courteous to other people. Public space is there for everybody
  • Microchip your dog and register it with council
  • Put a collar and name tag on your dog with a phone number
  • Consider de-sexing your dog to stop unwanted breeding and behavioural problems

Don’t

  • Walk more than four dogs at once
  • Let your dog swim at the beach or in any other public bathing area
  • Let your dog go within 10 metres of a children’s playground area or food preparation area like a BBQ

Alternative off-leash parks

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Until Dan Mahoney Reserve is re-opened, residents and their dogs may wish to use:

  • Burlington Memorial Park (23 Boundary Road Northmead) – fenced, water available, seating available
  • George Kendall Riverside Park (Gregory Street Ermington) – fenced area only, water available, seating available
  • Cowells Lane Reserve (17a Cowells Lane Ermington) – fenced area, water available
  • Barnett Park (94 Barnetts Road Winston Hills) – fenced, water available, seating available 

See a map and full list of off-leash parks within the Parramatta area

More nearby off-leash areas

There are also a number of dog off-leash areas operated by nearby councils and other authorities: