Off-leash dog parks and areas
In Maroondah, there are two fenced off-leash dog parks, in Ringwood North and Croydon. There are also many off-leash areas within other parks and reserves.
Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times in a public place, except in leash-free areas. See more detail for on-lead requirements in the .
It is a legal requirement under the Domestic Animals Act that all greyhounds must be on-leash when in public, including Council off-leash areas. For further information visit the Greyhound Racing Victoria website.
Fenced off-leash dog parks
Eastfield Dog Park - Croydon
Eastfield Dog Park is a fully fenced dog park with double gated entrances and time out zone for young/quieter dogs.
It is located at the front of Eastfield Park on Eastfield Road, Croydon, next to the playground.
See more about Eastfield Dog Park
Parkwood Dog Park - Ringwood North
Parkwood Dog Park is a fully fenced dog park with double gated entrances and time out zone for young/quieter dogs.
It is located behind the community buildings at Parkwood.
See more about Parkwood Dog Park
Map of designated leash free areas
This map shows areas in the City of Maroondah that are designated as Off Leash Areas where dogs may be off lead provided that the conditions of use in the Council Order are complied with.
Control your dog off-leash
If you are walking your dog off-leash within the permitted areas, you must always have effective control of your dog.
A dog is considered under effective control if:
- it will return to you upon command
- you have a clear and unobstructed view of the dog at all times
- it does not bother or worry other people or animals
- it stays within 50 metres of you.
When exercising your dog in off-leash areas you need to be aware of the off-leash rules.
Even in off-leash areas, dogs must be kept on-leash while:
- on a shared path
- within 15 metres of:
- playgrounds or children’s play equipment
- barbecue or picnic facilities
- organised sporting events or training sessions.
See Council's Unleashed Guide to Exercising Dog Park Etiquette: The Dos and Don’ts
Cleaning up after your dog
You can be fined for not cleaning up after your dog. As a dog owner you are required to carry appropriate receptacles, such as a bag, pouch or pooper-scooper, to remove and dispose of any dog waste when walking a dog in a public place.
It's a good idea to keep these items with your dog’s leash as a reminder to take them with you when walking your dog.
See more about cleaning up after your dog.
Read the Council Order about access for dogs and cats in public places.
Order Pursuant to Section 26 (2) of the Domestic Animals Act 1994(PDF, 384KB)
Order Pursuant to Section 26 (2) of the Domestic Animals Act 1994(DOC, 30KB)