Leashed and prohibited areas

COVID-19 dog parks status

The Government is asking for everyone to stay at home. Their advice is that you can go for a walk or exercise outdoors for a short time, and to stick to simple walks or exercise spots close to home. When you are out, you must stay two metres away from anyone who is not in your household.

If you are using one of our dog parks please keep your dog on a leash at all times to help avoid contact with other dogs. Take your dog poo home and dispose of it in your red bin.

The following is a list of dog parks and exercise areas that are open or closed.


  • Victoria Park dog park
  • Halswell Quarry dog exercise area
  • Radley Park exercise area
  • Bottle Lake Forest Park


  • Styx Mill dog park
  • The Groynes dog park
  • Horseshoe Lake dog park
  • Bexley Park dog park
  • Rawhiti Domain dog park
  • The Spencer Park Animal Area

people walking dog on leash

There are some simple rules that apply generally in all areas.

Dogs must be on leash

  • in all cemeteries and memorials
  • at all boat ramps and slipways
  • on all footpaths and roads (which includes carparks, state highways, and berms and verges, whether sealed or not)

Dogs are prohibited from being in or within one metre of

  • all Council playgrounds
  • all Council skate parks
  • all Council paddling pools

As well as general rules, there are specific areas where dogs are prohibited or must be on a leash.

All specific leashed and prohibited areas are set out in the Council’s Dog Control Policy. The reason each area is prohibited or leashed is also explained (e.g. to protect wildlife).  

There are some exceptions to these rules, including for disability assist dogs and working dogs. These are also set out in the Policy.

Whenever you take your dog out in public, always take plastic bags with you (and clean up after your dog) and always take a leash. This is because unexpected situations may arise that require a dog to be leashed to keep the dog under control or to keep it safe.