Gordon Barnard Reserve fenced dog play area

Fenced dog play areas have been growing in popularity in recent years. In response to local community requests and needs, we have provided Boroondara’s first fenced dog play area in a portion of Gordon Barnard Reserve. The remainder of the reserve is still a dog on-lead area.

The Gordon Barnard Reserve fenced dog play area is supported by the Victorian Government through the Suburban Parks Program.

Status

Construction of the new Gordon Barnard Reserve fenced dog play area was completed in October 2021.

The facility was officially opened on Friday 5 November 2021.

Watch virtual launch

Watch the video from the virtual launch of the Gordon Barnard Reserve fenced dog play area.

About the project

There are over 15,000 dogs registered in the City of Boroondara. While there are approximately 219 hectares of open space designated as off-leash in Boroondara, there were no dedicated fenced dog play areas.

The new Gordon Barnard Reserve fenced dog play area is the first facility in Boroondara to be specifically designed to cater to dogs and their owners. It is a space where our community can exercise, train and socialise with their dog in a secure, off-leash environment. 

The design of the facility is based on feedback during previous rounds of community consultation, dog park specialist advice and industry design guidelines. It includes a range of elements for dogs to play and interact with to help contribute to happy, healthy and well socialised dogs.

Key features include:

  • dog nature play activity areas, including tree logs and rocks
  • open grassed areas for active play
  • shady trees and landscaping
  • fencing and gates around the area 
  • a safety ball net between the eastern oval and fenced dog play area 
  • a mural paying tribute to Boroondara’s most popular dog breeds
  • a mix of ground surfaces, including lawn, mulch, concrete, railway sleepers and granitic gravel for dogs to interact with
  • new furniture, including a variety of seating options, bins with dog waste bag dispensers, signage and accessible drinking fountains with dog bowls at both entrances.
  • expanded car park and improved access.

We will also monitor the use of the facility through regular staff visits and sensors at the entrance gates to measure its success.

Community consultation 

This project has been guided by 3 phases of community consultation.

We received feedback from a wide representation of the community during each phase. These included:

  • Consultation on the proposed location in March 2020.
  • Consultation to amend Council’s Order to establish the area as a designated, fenced dog off-leash area from August to September 2020.
  • Consultation on the draft concept design from January to February 2021.

New fenced dog play area

Visit our Gordon Barnard Reserve page to learn about the new fenced dog play area opening hours.

To find out more about the fenced dog play area rules and discover other off-leash areas in Boroondara, visit our Off-lead dog parks page.

Timeline

When Stage Progress update
March 2020 Initial community consultation We asked the community for feedback on providing a new fenced dog play area in Gordon Barnard Reserve. 
August 2020 Community Consultation feedback from March 2020 reported to Council and Councillors We presented the findings and outcomes from the March consultation period to Council and Councillors.
August to September 2020 Community Consultation on the designation of a portion of Gordon Barnard Reserve as a dog off-leash area We asked the community for feedback on amending Council’s Order to designate the area set aside within Gordon Barnard Reserve (between the existing pool and eastern oval) as a fenced dog off-leash area.
December 2020 Community Consultation feedback from August to September 2020 reported to Council and Councillors We presented the findings and outcomes from the August to September consultation period to Council and Councillors.
January 2021 to February 2021 Community Consultation on the draft concept design We asked the community for feedback on the draft concept design of the fenced dog play area.
March 2021 Construction Construction of fenced dog play area starts.
November 2021 Opening Opening of the facility

 

    More information

    For more information about this project, contact our Capital Projects team on 9278 4444 or at [email protected].
     


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