Dog Parks

Dog parks are fenced areas where you can exercise your dog off-leash.

Dog Park locations

There are five dog parks in Hamilton:

  1. Hamilton SPCA
    245 Dartnall Road
     
  2. Heritage Green 
    447 1st Road West
     
  3. Hill Street 
    13 Hill Street

  4. Birch Avenue
    Between Brant Street and Princess Street on West side, behind the City's Operation building at 330 Wentworth Street
    Hours: Monday to Friday, 5 to 11 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 6 am to 11 pm.

  5. Borer's Falls
    491 York Road, at the corner of York Road and Valley Road

  6. Cathedral
    707 King Street West
    Hours are 6 am - 11 pm
    There is no parking at location, walk in access is from Main Street.
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You are responsible for respecting the safety of others in dog parks.

  • Use dog parks at your own risk.
  • Keep your dog on a leash until you are in the off-leash area.
  • Dogs must be wearing valid rabies and dog license tags.
  • Dogs are not allowed to:
    • Be in the park without an adult human being,
    • Bother or chase people,
    • Destroy, dig up, or disturb flowerbeds, lawns, bushes, or trees.
  • Dogs must be under voice control.
  • You must clean up after your dog. Poop n' scoop is mandatory.
  • All children must be supervised by an adult while in a dog park.
  • No more than two dogs may be brought into the park by an individual at the same time.
  • Do not bring the following dogs to dog parks:
    • Female dogs in heat
    • Sick dogs
    • Aggressive dogs - dogs that become aggressive toward another dog or person must leave the dog park
  • Do not bring the following items to a dog park:
    • Glass containers
    • Rawhide chews
    • Dog toys
    • Animal or human food
    • Pinch or prong and spike collars
  • Professional dog trainers are not allowed to use dog parks for their business.
  • Dog owners are subject to Ontario’s Dog Owners’ Liability Act.

Do you want a dog park in your neighbourhood?

If you want to start a dog park in your neighbourhood or community, you must submit a Dog Park Application Form(PDF, 30 KB) and make sure the site meets the City’s criteria.

The following criteria from the Leash Free Parks Policy(PDF, 283 KB) are used to decide if a proposed site is eligible for a dog park.

You may not change these criteria in any way.

  • Sites must be at least two acres but not more than five acres in size.
  • Sites are limited to certain areas of the city (as determined by the City) and should not be located in highly populated residential areas.
  • Environmentally Significant Areas are not eligible to be a dog park.
  • Parks that have sports facilities where people pay permit fees are not eligible to be a dog park, unless the total acreage of the site is more than 40 acres and has room for a fenced pen with limited land-use and or visual conflicts.
  • The site must have a fence that is at least four feet high, with a double-gated entry system.
  • Sites must have on-site parking.
  • Regulatory and advisory signs must be visible.
  • A volunteer committee with a minimum of ten (10) members must be in place.
  • The Leash Free Parks account will fund park development costs.
  • The Leash Free Parks account does not provide funding for amenities or equipment. Volunteer committees need to fund these things.

The development of dog parks in Hamilton is subject to the following conditions:

  • Development is done on a cost share basis, where the City pays for 50% of the development costs and the volunteer committee pays 50% of development costs.
  • Cost share programs are done on a first-come first-served basis, subject to City funding. The City will only enter into cost share agreements with volunteer groups that have their funding, and who pay the City before any development happens.