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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 (between the existing pool and eastern oval). The remainder of the reserve will continue to be a dog on-leash area.

Key facts about the project


These spaces have been growing in popularity over recent years. They provide benefits for dogs, their owners, the surrounding environment and community.

They provide new opportunities to contribute to happy, healthy, well socialised dogs, and provide an outlet for dog owners to exercise and socialise with like-minded people and their canine companions.


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 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 Final design. Final design available to view.
March 2021 Construction. Construction of fenced dog play area has started.
Late July 2021 Completion of the facility. Construction works expected to be completed, weather permitting.
October 2021 Opening of the facility We anticipate to open the facility in October to allow sufficient time for the new grass and plants to establish.

Key design considerations

Council officers have developed a design based on your feedback during previous rounds of community consultation, dog park specialist advice, industry design guidelines and precedent projects. 

The design is an important part of the delivery of the fenced dog play area and looks to maintain and protect the existing environmental and amenity features of the park where possible.

Dog agility equipment, lighting and water play features are not being considered as part of this project.


While parking activity on weekends during Autumn and Winter significantly increases due to football games on the lower and upper ovals, parking is still expected to be readily available in the mornings and evenings. The existing Gordon Barnard Reserve oval car parks can accommodate 254 spaces.

During the day, parking tends to be well utilised, however we expect the needs of users of the fenced dog play area should be accommodated with proposed improvements to the smaller carpark, or in other Gordon Barnard Reserve car parks.

We are widening the access road to 5.5m from 4m at the Belmore Road end, midway and at the southern end of the car park to allow for formal passing opportunities. This will be achieved by sealing off the verge either side of the access road and formalising the carpark. These works will accommodate an additional 3 formal carparks in the small car park, bringing the total available car parks in this area up to 12 spaces.

Officers will work through the designs of the proposed car park layout as part of detailed design process, following community consultation on the draft concept.


The fenced nature of a dog play area helps minimise potential conflicts with other park users and appropriate signage will be provided within the facility outlining the expectations of dogs and their owners.


Our research into established dedicated fenced dog play areas in other municipalities has not indicated a significant increase in noise associated with these facilities. 

Opening hours

Use of this fenced dog play area will be encouraged between 6am and 9pm during summer and between 6am and 6pm during winter.

It may be closed from time to time for maintenance or to allow time for the turf to recover from wear and tear from use.

Who can use the fenced area?

Any dog owner can use the area, provided they adhere to the user guidelines and rules of entry. Members of the general public are welcome in these spaces and dog owners are required to maintain effective voice control of their dogs at all times.

Unsupervised dogs will not be permitted within the area.

Use of the facility by commercial providers will not be permitted.

Respecting other users

Our local laws guide effective use of our parks and gardens and users will be required to follow these rules to maintain effective dog ownership. This includes picking up after your dog and disposing of dog litter.

The fenced dog play area will include rubbish bins and bag dispensers. 

Dog park rules and etiquette will be clearly explained and marked within the facility. 

More information

For status updates, see the Fenced dog play areas in Boroondara project page.

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

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