For those living in or near the CBD, finding a suitable off-leash area for your furry friend can be a bit of a mission. With a growing number of dog lovers in the area, the need for safe, accessible spaces is more important than ever. That's why it's such fantastic news that the City of Melbourne has taken a significant step forward by planning to transform Eades Park into a permanent, fenced dog park in West Melbourne.

Previously, dog owners had few options for safely letting their dogs roam free. Many resorted to using Flagstaff Gardens as an off-leash area, almost in protest, due to the lack of safer alternatives. Recognising this need, the council has decided to establish a permanent dog park at Eades Park. This area has been an off-leash spot for a while but, concerns were raised about the park being too close to the busy King Street, making it unsafe for dogs. Families also worried about dogs running too close to the playground.

The park has been temporarily fenced, offering a modest space of just over 2,200 sqm. It provides ample shade, established seating, and dog-friendly amenities, including a double-gated entry for added security.

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Melbourne Dog Park Gets a Makeover: What to Expect

The plan for revamping Eades Park Dog Park involves more than just installing a new fence. Set to begin work in mid-2024, the renovation will temporarily close the park but promises significant improvements. Among the planned features are dog-friendly plantings to offer sensory interest. The selection of robust plant species, protected by boulders and hoop fencing.

A tiered feature sensory section is also on the agenda, designed to stimulate dogs' senses with materials like sand, gravel, and mulch, separated by mudstone boulders. This feature aims to provide a variety of textures for dogs to explore.

Moreover, the park will include a feature gathering area using recycled timbers to create a landscape breaker and a focal point for socialising. Boulders and logs will scatter across the park, creating sensory experiences for dogs. These elements will stop dogs from running through the park's centre. The park will also feature seats with backrests.

These enhancements aim not only to improve the park's functionality and safety but also to enhance the enjoyment and satisfaction of its four-legged and two-legged visitors alike. With these plans, Eades Park Dog Park has potential to become a beloved dog park in Melbourne. It will offer a secure, engaging, and enjoyable environment. Dogs will have a place to play and socialise.

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Dog Park Amenities at Eades Park

The temporarily fenced Eades Park Dog Park already offers many amenities. These ensure a great time for dogs and their owners. Upcoming upgrades will further enhance the sensory experience for dogs.

  • Secure Double-Gated Entry: This feature ensures that dogs can enter and exit safely, providing an extra layer of security for off-leash play.
  • Dog Bag Dispensers: Conveniently placed around the park, these dispensers are stocked with dog bags. It's always a good idea to bring your own, just in case they run out.
  • Water Station for Dogs: Keeping your dog hydrated is easy with the park's dedicated water stations.
  • Shaded Seating Areas: Ample shaded seating is available, so you can stay cool and comfortable while watching your dog play.
  • Evening Lights: The park is equipped with lighting for evening visits, allowing you and your dog to enjoy the park even after the sun goes down.

Location & Visiting Eades Park

Before you visit, remember that the park will be upgraded in mid-2024, which might mean some temporary closures. You'll find street parking around the park, but make sure to check any parking signs to avoid tickets.