Dog Off-leash Area Enhancements - 2018

We have a program established to progressively upgrade dog off-leash areas across the Northern Beaches.

We have a program established to progressively upgrade dog off-leash areas across the Northern Beaches.

  • Construction underway

    4 months ago

    Construction of the fences and other enhancements at Careel Bay dog off-leash area have begun.

    View the final plans for the site

    Council received 70 submissions during the exhibition period. A summary of the submissions received and how Council has responded is now available on this webpage.

    View the community engagement summary

    The dog off-leash area will remain open whilst the work is being completed.

    Other works to commence in 2018/19 include:

    • new and upgraded signage
    • new park furniture
    Should you have any questions about this work please call Council on 1300 434 434.

    Construction of the fences and other enhancements at Careel Bay dog off-leash area have begun.

    View the final plans for the site

    Council received 70 submissions during the exhibition period. A summary of the submissions received and how Council has responded is now available on this webpage.

    View the community engagement summary

    The dog off-leash area will remain open whilst the work is being completed.

    Other works to commence in 2018/19 include:

    • new and upgraded signage
    • new park furniture
    Should you have any questions about this work please call Council on 1300 434 434.
  • Feedback from the community drop in session - Careel Bay 2 June 2018

    6 months ago

    Thank you to everyone who managed to brave the wild weather on the weekend and attend the drop in session down at Careel Bay. It was agreed that the ideas and suggestions raised would be made available to everyone on the project webpage and via email to the people that attended, so that online comments can be made knowing what other people have said.

    Here's a summary of ideas and suggestions that were raised with the team on the day. This is not a list of things that would definitely happen, just food for thought:

    Location of small dog area

    • Relocate small dog area to the cleared location adjacent to the north-western end of Etival Street. (Current location is required by larger dogs to run)
    • Provide seating in shade, shade trees and a tap

    Fencing

    • Proposed boundary fence is too low – increase height of fence as large dogs can jump over it
    • Provide a taller fence for the proposed small dog area in particular, so they are not trapped in, should an aggressive dog jump the fence
    • Provide a full fence along Etival Street with regular gates
    • Fencing needs to start close to ground level so small dogs cannot escape, yet support for accommodating wildlife corridors. Small dogs can currently go under the gate at the Barrenjoey Road entrance – please fix this
    • Screen / soften fencing
    Parking and traffic
    • Provide 90 degree angle parking along Etival Street
    • Remove, or allocate an area for trailers and boats stored along the park boundaries to Barrenjoey Road and Etival Street
    Trees and vegetation
    • Plant along the fence to Barrenjoey Road and Etival Street to screen/soften the fence (too harsh)
    • Gradually remove the weed species, particularly along Etival Street (retain habitat) and replant with locally native species
    Signage
    • Locate signage to the entry near Etival Street, to advise that dogs need to be on a leash
    Professional dog walkers
    • Professional dog walkers sometimes take four dogs that they cannot control

    Safety

    • Responsible dog ownership and safety was raised as a key issue
    • A suggestion was made for citizen rangers
    Careel Bay migratory birds
    • Support for protection of the Careel Bay estuarine wetlands and its migratory birds
    Maintenance
    • New turf requires ground preparation, rolling and a watering program
    Installation of etiquette signs at all dog off-leash areas was discussed on the day. A copy of the proposed signs is attached for your information. Feel free to provide your feedback on the draft signs using the online form on this webpage.


    Thank you for providing your comments on the Careel Bay project in conjunction with reading the suggestions from the community drop in session.

    The closing date for comments on the Careel Bay project is 17 June 2018

    Thank you to everyone who managed to brave the wild weather on the weekend and attend the drop in session down at Careel Bay. It was agreed that the ideas and suggestions raised would be made available to everyone on the project webpage and via email to the people that attended, so that online comments can be made knowing what other people have said.

    Here's a summary of ideas and suggestions that were raised with the team on the day. This is not a list of things that would definitely happen, just food for thought:

    Location of small dog area

    • Relocate small dog area to the cleared location adjacent to the north-western end of Etival Street. (Current location is required by larger dogs to run)
    • Provide seating in shade, shade trees and a tap

    Fencing

    • Proposed boundary fence is too low – increase height of fence as large dogs can jump over it
    • Provide a taller fence for the proposed small dog area in particular, so they are not trapped in, should an aggressive dog jump the fence
    • Provide a full fence along Etival Street with regular gates
    • Fencing needs to start close to ground level so small dogs cannot escape, yet support for accommodating wildlife corridors. Small dogs can currently go under the gate at the Barrenjoey Road entrance – please fix this
    • Screen / soften fencing
    Parking and traffic
    • Provide 90 degree angle parking along Etival Street
    • Remove, or allocate an area for trailers and boats stored along the park boundaries to Barrenjoey Road and Etival Street
    Trees and vegetation
    • Plant along the fence to Barrenjoey Road and Etival Street to screen/soften the fence (too harsh)
    • Gradually remove the weed species, particularly along Etival Street (retain habitat) and replant with locally native species
    Signage
    • Locate signage to the entry near Etival Street, to advise that dogs need to be on a leash
    Professional dog walkers
    • Professional dog walkers sometimes take four dogs that they cannot control

    Safety

    • Responsible dog ownership and safety was raised as a key issue
    • A suggestion was made for citizen rangers
    Careel Bay migratory birds
    • Support for protection of the Careel Bay estuarine wetlands and its migratory birds
    Maintenance
    • New turf requires ground preparation, rolling and a watering program
    Installation of etiquette signs at all dog off-leash areas was discussed on the day. A copy of the proposed signs is attached for your information. Feel free to provide your feedback on the draft signs using the online form on this webpage.


    Thank you for providing your comments on the Careel Bay project in conjunction with reading the suggestions from the community drop in session.

    The closing date for comments on the Careel Bay project is 17 June 2018
  • Enhancements to dog off-leash area - Careel Bay 2018

    7 months ago

    Council has developed plans to undertake enhancements to the dog off-leash area at Careel Bay in 2018 and welcomes your feedback.



    Have your Say
    • Make an online comment
    • Attend our on site drop in session at the reserve on Sat 2 June 2018 – between 10 and 11am
    • Make a written submission: To the CEO, Northern Beaches Council, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why NSW 2099, marked “Enhancements to dog off-leash area - Careel Bay 2018”

    If you have any questions, please call the Parks and Recreation team on 1300 434 434.

    Comments close Sunday 17 June 2018

    Council has developed plans to undertake enhancements to the dog off-leash area at Careel Bay in 2018 and welcomes your feedback.



    Have your Say
    • Make an online comment
    • Attend our on site drop in session at the reserve on Sat 2 June 2018 – between 10 and 11am
    • Make a written submission: To the CEO, Northern Beaches Council, 725 Pittwater Road, Dee Why NSW 2099, marked “Enhancements to dog off-leash area - Careel Bay 2018”

    If you have any questions, please call the Parks and Recreation team on 1300 434 434.

    Comments close Sunday 17 June 2018
  • Background

    7 months ago

    Northern Beaches Council has moved to better balance the exercise needs of dog owners with the interests of the broader community, after community consultation and Council review.

    We recognise both the benefits of unleashed dog exercise areas to community well-being and the importance of managing impacts on the amenity of nearby residents and other park users.

    Over the next four years, we have allocated funds to undertake enhancements to the existing dog off-leash areas.

    This webpage will be used to notify the community of forthcoming projects and to capture community views as part of the overall project.

    Northern Beaches Council has moved to better balance the exercise needs of dog owners with the interests of the broader community, after community consultation and Council review.

    We recognise both the benefits of unleashed dog exercise areas to community well-being and the importance of managing impacts on the amenity of nearby residents and other park users.

    Over the next four years, we have allocated funds to undertake enhancements to the existing dog off-leash areas.

    This webpage will be used to notify the community of forthcoming projects and to capture community views as part of the overall project.