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Off-leash Dog Parks

George Kendall Riverside Park Construction Update

Construction commenced in August 2023, with the creation of a new learn-to-ride space for young children, a new constructed wetland designed to filter and capture stormwater, and new tree planting to ensure shade all year round.

During construction, public access to George Kendall Reserve and leash-free dog area will be restricted to allow for works to be conducted efficiently and safely. The closure of the park will commence from Monday 14 August 2023 with estimated completion in April 2024.

Upgrades to the Parramatta River Cycleway will be part of the first phase of works, with a temporary diversion route provided during construction. The team will be working hard to open the new and improved cycleway as soon as possible for the community to enjoy. A map of the diversion route can be found here.


While pets can bring joy, fun and enrichment into the lives of City of Parramatta residents, proper dog ownership requires responsibility. Regular off-leash exercise helps relieve pet boredom and release pent up energy when dogs are confined to small areas. Exercising and walking your dog can aid in the reduction of nuisance behaviour like uncontrolled barking. Off-leash parks allow both dogs and owners alike the ability to mingle and meet in convenient, safe areas.

Responsible dog ownership

Council rangers are actively working with the community to promote the principles of responsible dog ownership whilst using public park facilities. However, it is the responsibility of all park users and dog owners to look after their dogs responsibly. Council has installed clear signage in public parks and provides dog litter bag dispensers and bins at all of our designated off-leash parks.  How to look after your dog responsibly in public:


  • Keep your dog on a leash at all times (unless in an off-leash park)
  • Maintain effective control of your dog at all times, even when off-leash
  • Pick up your dog’s droppings and dispose of it in a rubbish bin
  • Be courteous to other people. Public space is there for everybody
  • Microchip your dog and register it with council
  • Put a collar and name tag on your dog with a phone number
  • Consider de-sexing your dog to stop unwanted breeding and behavioural problems


  • Walk more than four dogs at once
  • Let your dog swim at the beach or in any other public bathing area
  • Let your dog go within 10 metres of a children’s playground area or food preparation area like a BBQ

In accordance with the Companion Animals Act (NSW), dog owners who fail to comply with leash requirements may be issued a fine of up to $1,100. 

List of off-leash areas

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Barnett Park, Winston Hills

Features: Dog Off Leash Area 

Burlington Memorial Park, Northmead

Features: Dog Off Leash Area, Picnic Facilities  

Cowells Lane Reserve, Ermington

Features: Off Street Parking, Dog Off Leash Area, Playground, Outdoor Exercise Stations  

Dan Mahoney Reserve, North Parramatta

Features: Dog Off Leash Area  

Deakin Park, Silverwater

Features: Dog Off Leash Area, Playground Picnic Facilities  

Don Moore Reserve, North Rocks

Features: Dog Off Leash Area, Playground, Tennis Courts  

George Kendall Riverside Park (fenced area only), Ermington

Features: Off Street Parking, Dog Off Leash Area, Playground, Outdoor Exercise Stations, Sporting Field, Picnic Facilities, Tennis Courts

John Wearne Reserve, Carlingford

 Features: Off Street Parking, Dog Off Leash Area, Playground, Outdoor Exercise Stations, Sporting Field, Tennis Courts

McCoy Park (Basin Only), Toongabbie

Features: Off Street Parking, Dog Off Leash Area, Playground, Sporting Field  

Pierre De Coubertin Park, Newington 

Features: Dog Off Leash Area, Playground  

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