Fenced Dog Play Park at Piney Lakes Reserve

The City of Melville’s first Fenced Dog Play Park will be located at Piney Lakes Reserve

Project Information

The project will include two separate spaces, one for small dogs, and one for all dogs, will be fully fenced with a 1.8m high boundary fence, and internally divided with a 1.5m solid fence.

Main facilities/amenities:

  • Dual-gated entrances.
  • Two entry points in each enclosure.
  • Shade shelters, seating and water fountains with dog bowls in each enclosure, connected to the main entry by a concrete path.
  • Mature shade trees, sand play areas and garden beds with planting and nature play items in each enclosure. Items for informal play would include logs, boulders, and log steppers.
  • Dog agility equipment
  • Waste disposal (bins and bags dispensers)
  • Signs with park rules and etiquette

For more information on the design, have a look at the Concept Plan.

The preferred location of Piney Lakes Reserve was chosen in 2020 when the City of Melville engaged with the community to find support for a dog park. Piney Lakes Reserve is a mixture bushland and wetland remnant surrounded by recreation space and urban development in the suburb of Winthrop, and also home to a destination Sensory Playspace. The Fenced Dog Play Park will be located north of the carpark, at a permitted dog off-leash area within the Reserve.

The City of Melville is grateful to the Member for Bateman, Kim Giddens, for the $80,000 contribution administered by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries through the CSRFF grant fund for the new dog off leash area at Piney Lakes Reserve.

If you would like to comment on the concept design, for example a preference on agility equipment, trees, seating, ground cover etc. please feel free to send us an email through the contact address below by Friday, 29 October 2021.


CompletionApril 2022

*Please note these dates are subject to change

Contact Details

Project ContactLandscape Technical Officer playgrounds@melville.wa.gov.au


Piney Lakes Reserve, 555 Leach Highway, Winthrop WA 6150 Get Directions

The fenced dog park (marked in red) will be located within the existing dog off-lead area (marked in green).

All the current off-lead dog exercise areas will remain. The dog park will be a fenced portion (approximately 6.5%) of this area.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why was Piney Lakes selected as the location?

The background as to why Piney Lakes was selected as the preferred location for a fenced dog play park was a result of Council endorsing this location at the Ordinary Meeting of Council December 2020. As part of the process the City’s engagement process heard from 564 community members, of which 73% agreed with Piney Lakes as a location for a fenced dog play park and over half of respondents ranked it as one of their top three most preferred locations.

Please see our Melville Talks page for further information on the process in which the decision was made on the selection of Piney Lakes.

    What is a fenced dog play park?

    A fenced dog play park is an enclosed off leash dog exercise area for recreational purposes, that includes dog agility and exercise equipment for dogs of all sizes.

    Dogs would be permitted to run free provided they:

    • Are under effective control (this means the dog will come back when called at all times)
    • Are accompanied by someone who is capable of controlling the dog
    • Do not attack other dogs, people or wildlife
    • Are close to their owner so that the leash can be quickly attached if they become aggressive
    Can I leave my dog unsupervised in a fenced dog play park?

    No. You must ensure you remain at the location and supervise your dog at all times.

    Does my dog have to be on a lead?

    Until your dog is in an area that is designated as off lead, including a fenced dog play park, it must remain on lead. This includes walking through an on lead area to the fenced dog play park. You are also required to have your leash with you at all times and it must be under effective control (this means the dog will come back when called at all times).

    What facilities will be included in a fenced dog play park?

    Typically fenced dog play parks include water fountains, agility equipment, shade and bins.

    Can I bring other animals into the area?

    No. Only dogs are allowed into the fenced dog play park.

    Can my dog be on lead in the fenced dog play park?

    While your dog can be on lead in the fenced dog play park other dogs off lead may approach your dog. All leads will be required to be compliant with the Dog Act 1976 and Dog Regulations 2013 ensuring that it is a maximum length of 2 metres.

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