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Dog parks

Dog parks are a type of park where dogs can play, exercise and socialise off-leash with their owners. They provide an outlet for natural dog behaviours such as running, chasing, playing and barking in a secure environment.

The City of Marion is providing meaningful opportunities to exercise, interact and get out and about with your pets in our parks and reserves.

Reserve Street Reserve, Trott Park

In September 2016, the City of Marion opened its first Dog Park.  Find out more on the Reserve Street Reserve webpage.

Hazelmere Road Reserve, Glengowrie

Although not formally recognised as a dog park, the fully fenced section of this reserve, fronting onto Oaklands Road, is regularly used by the community as a place to exercise their dogs.

New Dog Park

Council has committed to build a new dog park in 2018/2019, find out more:

Council Commits to a New Dog Park

The Animal Management Plan 2012 - 2017 identified the need to investigate the creation of two dog parks. The first dog park was officially opened at Reserve Street Reserve, Trott Park in September 2016.

The 2016 – 2019 Business Plan includes the additional dog park as an initiative under the Liveable theme. The three-year Open Space Works program also includes the additional dog park as a project for consultation and design (2017/18) followed by development (2018/19).

An Elected Member Forum was held on 20 June 2017 to introduce the project, present initial location analysis and to seek Elected Member input into the planning of a new dog park.  Elected Member feedback included undertaking broad community consultation to understand preferred locations as well as the preferred type of dog park.

Initial Community Survey (August/September 2017)

This survey was open from 15 August 2017 until 18 September 2017.

The survey was undertaken to seek the community’s view on location, size and key features to be included in the park.  

Council received over 200 responses to the online engagement and the community showed strong support (98%) for the development of a new dog park.

Comments supporting the proposal included having a dog park with separate areas for small and large dogs, the importance of maintaining responsible dog behaviour and the broader community and social benefits that dog parks can bring.

Comments not supporting the proposal included concerns with dog behaviour and a preference to upgrade existing dog parks.

The majority of respondents 52.8% would prefer a park with separate areas for small and large dogs, with 35.4% preferring a park for all dogs in one area and 7% preferring a park for small dogs only.

The survey results can be viewed on our Making Marion website

Shortlisted Sites (December 2017)

At the 12 December 2017 General Council Meeting, 3 sites were shortlisted as potential locations for the new dog park;

 To view a copy of the report and minutes:

Shortlisted Sites Survey (February/March 2018)

Consultation for the options at the three shortlisted sites occurred from 21 February 2018 to 18 March 2018. This feedback will inform the development of concept options for Council to consider a final site for the new dog park.

Once the results are finalised they will be published to Making Marion.

The proposed options can be viewed through our Making Marion website.

Contact us

For further information, please contact:

Amy Liddicoat, Open Space and Recreation Planner