Fenced dog play areas have been growing in popularity over recent years as more and more successful examples are realised around the world. With increased pressure on the urban environment, these areas provide a much-needed space for dogs, and their owners, to socialise and exercise in a safe and controlled environment. They offer new activities, opportunities and experiences for people to enjoy the urban parklands with their dogs.
Industry research and case studies have produced a collection of design guidelines to address both the behaviour of dogs and their owners so that the optimal experience can be provided while ensuring minimal conflict with other dogs, the local community and surrounding environment.
In response to local community requests and changing community needs, we are providing a fenced dog play area in a portion of Gordon Barnard Reserve.
We are currently seeking your feedback on the draft concept design.
There are over 15,000 dogs registered in the City of Boroondara. While there is approximately 219 hectares of open space designated as off-leash in Boroondara, currently there are no dedicated fenced dog play areas that are specifically designed to cater for dogs and their owners.
Gordon Barnard Reserve has been identified as the preferred location for a fenced dog play area, following an extensive site assessment process and community consultation held in March 2020.
At the Services Special Committee meeting on Monday 10 August 2020, Council resolved to proceed with a reduced scope fenced dog play area in a portion of Gordon Barnard Reserve, and commence the process to amend the Council Order to designate this portion of the reserve as a dog off-leash area.
At the Services Delegated Committee meeting on Monday 7 December 2020, Council resolved to amend the Order to establish the area set aside within Gordon Barnard Reserve (between the existing pool and eastern oval) as a designated fenced dog off-leash area.
What is a fenced dog play area?
A fenced dog play area is a designated public area for dog owners to legally exercise, play, train and socialise with their dogs in a secured off-leash environment. These spaces are fully enclosed, with dog friendly amenities and provide a space for dogs and their owners, to socialise and exercise in a safe and controlled environment.
Key features of a fenced dog play area
Key features we are proposing to include:
- Dog nature play activity areas, including tree logs and rocks
- Open grassed areas for active play
- New shade trees and landscaping
- New fencing and gates around the perimeter of the area
- A safety ball net between the eastern oval and fenced dog play area
- Widening some of the access road and expansion of the car park
- Mural on the wall of the small building adjacent to the car park
- A 2m wide concrete circuit path around the area
- 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 an accessible drinking fountain with dog bowl.
This project has been guided by community consultation throughout its development.
In March 2020, we conducted community consultation to seek feedback on a proposal to develop a fenced dog play area within a portion of Gordon Barnard Reserve.
We received feedback from a wide representation of the community, with over 200 local residents sharing their thoughts via email, the online survey and in person.
In August and September 2020, community consultation was held seeking feedback to amend Council’s Order to establish the area set aside within Gordon Barnard Reserve (between the existing pool and eastern oval) as a designated fenced dog off-leash area.
During the consultation period, over 50 local residents shared their thoughts via email and the online survey.
Community consultation seeking feedback on the draft concept design of the fenced dog play area is now open.
We are currently seeking your feedback on the draft concept design of the fenced dog play area.
Consultation is now open and closes Sunday 7 February 2021.
To view the draft concept plan and to have your say, head to our consultation page.
Your feedback will help inform the final design for the construction and delivery of the project.