NSW Govt Provides Funding to Blackman Park’s Off Leash Dog Area

    Lane Cove Council had proposed a new Off Leash Dog Park Area at Blackman Park.  This is an alternative area for dog owners using Blackman Park.  Blackman Park Fields 3 and 4 can still be used as an off leash area when sport is not being played.

    This new 3000m2 space for dogs will provide a safe place for them to socialise and exercise.

    The park will include:

    • Agility play obstacles

    • Shade from trees and structures

    • Seating

    • Water stations

    The Member for Lane Cove Anthony Roberts announced today that funding of $50,000 from the NSW Government has been approved to match an equal contribution from Lane Cove Council.  Mr Robert said:

    “While Blackman Park fields 3 and 4 will continue to be a popular area for dogs and their owners, the money from the Stronger Community Fund and Council has allowed for additional facilities for those who can’t use the current area when the fields are in use. It also provides equipment for a different experience for owners and their dogs. This facility will provide all dog owners, including the elderly and people with disabilities with an accessible and safe place to exercise their companions”

    Mayor of Lane Cove, Pam Palmer said:

    We know from previous community consultation on the Blackman Park Plan of Management that Council needed to consider a fenced, off-leash dog park. It’s fantastic to know that this will become a reality early in 2019

    There has been some confusion as to which parts of Blackman Park are leash free.

    Dog Owners are currently permitted to have their dogs off leash on Blackman Park Fields 3 and 4 only.  Dogs must be on leash when organised sporting activities are being conducted on these fields.  This includes weekend games, club training, sports carnivals and any other sporting groups who have booked the ground (which is another story discussed below).

    Dogs are NOT permitted on the synthetic fields at any time and must remain behind the fence on a leash.

    The following areas of Blackman Park have NEVER been leash free:

    • Walking/Jogging Path;
    • Cricket Nets;
    • Half Basketball Courts;
    • Playground Areas;
    • Picnic Areas;
    • Bush Land Tracks; and
    • Bush Land (Did you know that walking dogs in bushland significantly reduces the number and species of birds found in these areas? Read more on this research here )

    At the moment Blackman Park Fields 3 and 4 are undergoing extensive reconditioning (see photo below).

    Yes folks, its nearing election time so get ready for more funding announcements.


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