Proposal to make Harold Park in Forest Lodge off-leash for dogs

 Proposal to make Harold Park in Forest Lodge off-leash for dogs


Following community feedback on this proposal, Harold Park will remain an on-leash park.

See the project update below for further information.

Project update – October 2019

Following our public consultation and assessment of the feedback we received from the community, Harold Park in Forest Lodge will remain an on-leash park. 

We received 405 submissions – 218 (54%) including a petition containing 83 signatures opposed the proposal while 187 submissions (46%) supported it. 

The majority of people opposed to the proposal noted the availability and convenient access to existing local off-leash parks, and expressed concerns about the welfare and safety of families and children that use the park. Concerns included: 

  • the unenclosed playground and picnic areas
  • increased risk of conflict between off-leash dogs 
  • other uses of the park
  • uncollected faeces. 

Submissions in support of the proposal focused on the opportunities provided by off-leash parks for community building, the popularity of local dog ownership and the health benefits to pets and their owners. 

The City recognises the popularity of dog ownership and the benefits pet ownership provides. Near Harold Park, dogs are permitted off-leash at Federal Park, Bicentennial Park (west), Canal Reserve and JV McMahon Reserve. Local on-leash parks include Jubilee Park, Bicentennial Park (east) and AV Henry Reserve. View a full list of off-leash parks.

City rangers and our companion animal officer patrol the City’s parks and open spaces monitoring compliance with the Companion Animals Act. They raise awareness of dog owners about their responsibilities when exercising their dogs on or off-leash. 

Community consultation details  

We invite your feedback on a proposal to make the grass lawn of Harold Park off-leash for dogs. We have developed this proposal in response to community requests. 

We propose to allow dogs to be off-leash at all times on the grass lawn areas between the Tramsheds and Wigram Road. Dogs would still be prohibited from the playground.  Park signs will be updated with maps showing the areas that are off-leash, on-leash and prohibited for dogs. 

This proposal is part of the City’s work with our communities to promote responsible dog ownership and ensure parks remain accessible, safe and clean.

This work is informed by our companion animals policy.

How you can give feedback

You can give your feedback by completing our online feedback form.

Online form

This consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 5 April 2019.

Feedback may be published in publicly available reports at the end of the consultation period. Your name or organisation's name may appear in these reports with your feedback attributed. If you would like your feedback to be kept confidential, please let us know when making your submission.

Other ways to give your feedback

We want to make sure everybody has the opportunity to provide ideas and feedback.

If you prefer to talk to us in person, please contact the City of Sydney officer listed in contacts.

If you are Deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment you can contact us through the National Relay Service. You will need to provide our phone number 02 9265 9333.

If you need an interpreter you can contact us through the Translating and Interpreting Service  on 131 450. You will need to provide our phone number 02 9265 9333.

Key dates

Public consultation period
5 March to 5 April 2019


Mark Driver
Parks and Recreation Planner
02 9265 9333


Online form

Last updated: Wednesday, 2 October 2019