The City Wide Fenced Dog Park Implementation Strategy aims to guide the installation of fenced dog exercise areas across the City in a strategic and equitable manner.

Background

With the significant success of the Inglewood Oval fenced dog park and the recent completion of the Charles Riley Memorial Reserve dog park, the City is looking to guide future implementation of these facilities across the City over the next four years.

As mentioned above, the City currently has two fenced dog parks- Inglewood Oval dog park (constructed March 2013) and Charles Riley dog park (constructed December 2015). These fenced dog parks have been well received by the community and are very popular. Dog parks not only provide a secure environment for dog socialisation, exercise and training but also provide owners with an opportunity for social interaction. They help create a sense of community amongst those that frequent these facilities.

A user survey conducted at Inglewood Oval dog park in 2014 showed that only 60% of people using the Inglewood facility were local (within a 10 minute drive). The popularity of the facilities has created ongoing operational issues that make it difficult to maintain the grass to a satisfactory standard. The high level of community use due to the lack of alternative facilities also makes it difficult to undertake repairs that require closure of the facility for any extended period of time.

With the clear need for additional fenced dog parks to be established within the City, a number of site considerations have been taken into account when developing the City Wide Fenced Dog Park Implementation Strategy. These include:

  • A 10 minute drive catchment;
  • Equitable distribution across the City;
  • District and regional reserve locations;
  • Areas of under-utilised open space larger than 2,800 m2; and
  • Proximity to existing irrigation system.

On the basis of the above summarised criteria, the following reserves are proposed to accommodate fenced dog parks areas:-

  • Princess Wallington Reserve (Balga)
  • Dianella Regional Open Space (Dianella)
  • Carine Regional Open Space (Carine)
  • Lake Gwelup Regional Open Space (Gwelup)
  • Robinson Reserve (Tuart Hill) (pending Master Plan)

The south-west and north-east sections of the City do not have reserves that meet the current criteria to accommodate a fenced dog park. The intent is to develop dog parks in the locations identified in this strategy as a priority and then revisit the North-East and South-West areas of the City in greater detail and with revised selection criteria with a view to finding locations capable of accommodating dog parks.

The size of Regional Open Space reserves allows for dual enclosure facilities. Dog parks planned for Gwelup, Dianella and Carine facilities will consist of both a small and large enclosure.

It should be noted that the installation of fenced dog parks does not change the existing use of reserves by owners and their dogs in accordance with local laws and the Dog Act. Dogs may still be exercised off leash in reserves where a fenced dog park is located. Whether in the reserve or within a fenced dog park, dogs must be under control at all times.

Implementation

The strategy proposes the initial installation of five (5) fenced dog parks across the City. The reserves identified for fenced dog parks and the proposed year of implementation are identified below:

Stage 1 (2017/2018)

  • Princess Wallington Reserve (Balga)
  • Dianella Regional Open Space (Dianella)

Stage 2

  • Carine Regional Open Space (Carine)

Stage 3

  • Robinson Reserve (Tuart Hill) (pending master plan)
  • Lake Gwelup Regional Open Space (Gwelup)

Each fenced dog park will be subject to further public consultation following concept design. Residents that live within a 500 metre catchment of the identified reserve will be consulted prior to finalisation of the design. 

City Wide Fenced Dog Park and Dog Beach Location Plan.pdf