The trials are in areas where there are no existing or under-represented off-leash dog areas and the community have requested additional off-leash dog areas.
Rhodes: Lower Phoenix Park and King George V Park
Rhodes currently includes two restricted off-leash dog areas at McIlwaine Park and Mill Park, how there is a community need for more and unrestricted areas. Residential dwellings in Rhodes predominately do not have access to a backyard: 94.6% of dwellings are apartments with another 1.7% townhouses/semi-detached, so good access to community open space for both people and their dogs is essential. Over the five years to June 2018, Rhodes recorded the second highest number new dog s micro-chipped (939) within the City of Canada Bay.
Cabarita: Kendall Reserve
There are no existing off-leash dog areas on the Cabarita, Breakfast Point and Mortlake peninsula. Over 58% of dwellings in Cabarita are either apartments or townhouses with limited access to private outdoor space large enough to exercise a dog. Over the five years to June 2018, this peninsula recorded 473 new dogs micro-chipped.
Five Dock: Timbrell Park
There are five existing off-leash dog areas located in Five Dock: Charles Heath Reserve; Halliday Park; Five Dock Park; Storey Park; and, Timbrell Park (west of the playground). Community members have informed Council that using the eastern side (sport fields) of the park would be more preferable for dog exercise as it is larger and more protected from Henley Marine Drive. Over the five years to June 2018, Five Dock recorded 758 new dogs micro-chipped.