Do People Walk or Drive to Dog Parks?

Do people walk or drive to a dog park?

Research shows that 68% of park users in the Adelaide region drive to a dog park (Hazel and Thomsen, n.d. The University of Adelaide). This indicates that parking is a key planning consideration for local councils thinking about developing a new or upgrading  an existing dog park.

To select a good site for a dog park, local councils need to develop a criteria to assess each site. The criteria should include:

  • space/size (larger the better)
  • parking (on-street or off-street parking, impact on local streets?)
  • access to park (is it near a major highway, busy intersection?)
  • connections to existing walking paths and trails
  • distance from residential areas
  • surveillance from public areas (you don’t want an isolated site)
  • adjacent uses/activities (some activities are incompatible and can increase conflict between park users)
  • environmental sensitivity
  • location (standalone park or multi-purpose park).


What else do you need to consider in Planning for a Dog Park?

The transition from the car park to the designated entrance of the dog park needs to be direct and safe. Locating off street parking as close as possible to the dog park entrance is important in order to discourage owners letting their dog off leash to and from the park and to reduce any potential conflict with nearby facilities/activities.

For more information on Dog Park Planning, Download a FREE copy of ‘UNLEASHED A GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL DOG PARKS‘ written by Fiona De Rosa of Balancing Act Adelaide for the Dog and Cat Management Board of South Australia.

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