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Find an off-lead park near you
Boroondara has many areas where you can take your dog for a run off lead. Remember that these are shared spaces - you should be familiar with the rules for these spaces. These rules are available in our Off-lead dog park rules section on this page.
To use these off-lead parks, you must:
- carry a lead at all times
- not allow your dog to worry or threaten any person or animal
- bring your dog under your control immediately if it threatens any person or animal
- not allow your dog on sporting ovals during organised sports events including matches and training
- keep your dog at least 30m away from in-use barbecues or picnic areas, public meetings or sporting events, including matches or organised training
- not allow your dog within a playground and keep it on a lead within 10m of the perimeter of a playground
- bring waste bags to pick up after your dog and place it in a bin (you can be fined if you don't clean up after your pet).
The above is part of Section 26(2) of the Domestic Animals Act 1994, which requires owners to keep their dogs under effective control.
Exceptions to off-lead areas
Certain dog breeds cannot be off-lead. For example:
- Restricted breeds and dangerous dogs must be muzzled and leashed when outside your home.
- Greyhounds must be on a lead even in off-lead areas and parks as per legal requirements for greyhound owners.
For a fully-fenced area that allows open running for greyhounds, visit Manningham Council Greyhound Slip Track
For the latest information, visit: Legal requirements for dog owners
Fenced dog park rules
In addition to the rules for off-lead dog parks, if you are using the fenced dog play area at Gordon Barnard reserve, you must:
- keep your dog off the sporting ovals during organised sports event, including matches and training
- fill in any holes your dog digs
- keep your dog on a lead until inside the fenced area
- not bring in any human food
- only have a maximum of 2 dogs per person
- supervise children if they are with you
- not conduct any commercial activity.
Using a shared space
Everyone who uses a shared space is responsible for the safety of those around them. For example:
- Dog owners need to have their dog under effective control. See dog park rules and exception to off-leash areas.
- Bike riders need to travel at a speed and in a manner that enables them to avoid people and animals.
- Pedestrians need to be mindful of activities around them.