Dog Parks and Free Running Areas
We are piloting the use of pedestrian traffic counters at dog park entrance areas. This will provide baseline data of dog park use.
Data on volume & time of use is essential to:
- provide a snap shot of when and the volume of dog park use
- build long-term support for City dog parks
- contribute to city processes including capital/maintenance programs, planning/design and program evaluation
Currently 2 counters have been installed at Nathan Cirillo & Borer’s Dog Parks. Counters will be rotated to other dog parks over time.
The City's Traffic Operations operates a similar program with over 20 counters on trails & pathways.
There are two types of dog parks in Hamilton:
- Dog Parks - fenced areas where you can exercise your dog off-leash.
- Free Running Areas - unfenced areas for you to exercise your dog off leash - they include parkland and public open spaces owned by the City of Hamilton.
Find a Dog Park or Running Area
You are responsible for respecting the safety of others.
- Use these areas 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.
- No more than two dogs may be brought into the park by an individual at the same time.
- Professional dog trainers are not allowed to use dog parks for their business.
- All children must be supervised by an adult while in a dog park.
- Do not bring these 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
- Dog owners are subject to Ontario’s Dog Owners’ Liability Act.
For a Dog Park or Free Running Area in your neighbourhood
If you want to start a dog park in your neighbourhood or community, you will need to:
- review the leash free parks policy and criteria
- submit an application