Enjoying the outdoors with your dog
It is estimated that there are more than 500,000 dogs in Sydney alone! It is important that pets enjoy the great outdoors with their owners. It is also important that our native birds, lizards and mammals are not harmed by your pet.
Council has designated particular areas throughout Lane Cove for off-leash exercise for dogs, many of which are on ovals or parks adjacent to bushland areas.
Dogs must remain on leash at all times when in public (including bushland) except in designated off-leash areas.
Did you know that walking dogs in bushland significantly reduces the number and species of birds found in these areas? Read more on this research.
Download the map of off-leash areas in Lane Cove
The following areas are designated as off-leash exercise areas
Off leash exercise areas
- Bob Campbell Oval, Greenwich (on open playing field areas when organised games are not in progress)
- Kingsford Smith Oval, Longueville (on open playing field areas when organised games are not in progress)
- Ronald Park, Greenwich
- Pottery Green, Lane Cove (on open playing field areas when organised games are not in progress)
- Tambourine Bay Reserve, Riverview (except bushland areas)
- Blackman Park, Lane Cove West (on open grass playing field areas when organised games are not in progress)**
- Stringybark Reserve, Lane Cove West (open playing field areas only)**
- Tantallon Oval, Lane Cove West (open playing field areas only when organised games are not in progress)
- Cunninghams Reach, Linley Point (not including playground area)
- Lloyd Rees Reserve, Northwood
- Newlands Park, St Leonards (not including playground area)
- Gamma Road Reserve, Lane Cove (adjacent to Lane Cove Golf Course)
- Burns Bay Reserve, Riverview (open playing field areas only when organised games are not in progress)
- Helen Street Reserve, Lane Cove (not including playground area)
- Ludowici Reserve, Lane Cove West
- Shell Park, Greenwich
- Manns Point Park, Greenwich
In all remaining areas within the local government area, dogs must be kept on-leash.
Prohibited areas for dogs include any part of a public place which is:
1. Within 10 metres of any children's playground or play equipment; or
2. Within 10 metres of any food equipment provided in a public place for the preparation of food for human consumption or for the consumption of food by humans; or
3. School grounds; and
4. Childcare centres.
Professional Dog Walkers
Professional dog walkers conducting commercial business within Lane Cove Public Open Space must have a permit to operate.
This benefits both other people and the environment in the following ways:
- It protects our native animals, such as birds and lizards, particularly when they are nesting or basking.
- It reduces the spread of weeds, which can be easily transported on dog fur.
- It is easier to locate and pick up dog droppings; droppings increase soil nutrient levels, which in turn favours weeds.
- It protects our plants and waterways from physical disturbance.
- It provides a safer and healthier working environment for Bushcare volunteers and bush regeneration staff.