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This consultation closed on
Sunday 22 March 2020

Please read the background to the Gordon Barnard Reserve fenced dog play area first.

We are seeking community feedback to test support for the development of a fenced dog play area in a portion of Gordon Barnard Reserve, adjacent to the existing pool. Regardless of the outcome of this consultation, the remainder of the reserve will continue to be a dog on-leash area.

Potential location

A portion of Gordon Barnard Reserve in North Balwyn between the existing pool and eastern oval has been identified as a potential location for a fenced dog play area.

A well-loved reserve, Gordon Barnard offers both passive and active recreation and is well serviced by road, has excellent parking provision and great paths for cycling and walking.

The proposed site has an informal open woodland character, is lightly treed, has excellent visibility and passive surveillance. 

The space is relatively flat with some perimeter mounding, and has a clearly defined edge on two of its boundaries.

Existing benefits of the site

  • High use site by dog owners for on-leash walking.
  • Providing a fenced dog play area in an existing dog on-leash reserve will provide a new service or activity for the local community that cannot be undertaken now (i.e. walking dogs off-leash). This will open up new opportunities for people and their dogs.
  • A fenced dog play area at this site may also help address unauthorised off-leash use of the existing sporting fields.
  • Existing trees provide good natural shade, character and visual amenity.
  • Moderate setback to housing, minimal overlooking, low numbers of properties abut the site.
  • Relatively flat land.
  • Good access to power and water.
  • Potential for dual-use shelter - servicing both dog park users and spectator sport use.
  • Good access to car parks on either side, the eastern car park is currently underutilised.
  • Includes separate entry roads.
  • Potential to access sports club toilet.

Possible issues

  • Errant balls from the sports ovals may enter the dedicated dog park areas.
  • Proximity to Boroondara Sports Complex, existing shared path, native flora and fauna and adjacent residential properties.
  • Parking capacity during peak sporting demand times. 

Your feedback is important

This consultation closed on Sunday 22 March 2020.

Next steps

We will use the feedback received to present a report to Council for consideration during 2020.

More information

For more information, please contact our Environment and Sustainability team on 9278 4060 or at [email protected].