Making Kingston even more pet friendly

Published on 02 February 2024

Two small dogs playing with a ring

We are an animal loving bunch here in Kingston and committed to providing the best facilities, services and conditions for our furry friends and owners alike.

The all new and off-leash dog park at Chadwick Reserve in Dingley Village is a great example of this.

The old off-leash area has been transformed into a 3000 square metre enclosed doggie haven, with new agility equipment, a large run about area, nature play features, a stick library, and everything pet owners need to enjoy a great outing with their pups, including dog waste bag dispensers and plenty of shelter and seating.

In a first for Kingston, the park also has a separate area for small dogs who might prefer to play with others their own size.

It’s been absolutely great to see so many people and pets safely exercising and socialising since it opened late last year.

Attention has now turned to upgrading the off-leash dog park at Kingston Heath Reserve (to the north of the Kingston Heath Soccer Complex), with the draft concept plan now on exhibition for feedback from the community.

The plan aims to provide an inviting open space with improved facilities for pets and owners to visit and play while retaining the existing dog exercise equipment, trees, and surrounding pathways.

Highlights of the design include a new enclosed perimeter fence and double gated entrance; new shelter, benches and picnic tables; logs and nature play; new trees; improved surfacing; and a new drinking fountain.

To view the concept and have your say, head to before 16 February.

We are also currently seeking community input on a proposal to remove the requirement for dogs registered in Kingston to be desexed after veterinary guidance has changed. Visit to find out more and take part in this one before 1 March.

There is a further proposal to limit the number of dogs that can be under someone’s control in designated off-leash areas, to no more than 4 at a time. Visit to provide your feedback before 1 March.


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