Some paw-sitive news:

Barnett Dog Park upgrade

In September and October 2018, Council invited the community's input into proposed upgrades to Barnett Dog Park. Over 90% of respondents expressed support for the park upgrade and provided feedback on how the design could be improved.

We considered your feedback and made changes to the design, incorporating above-ground agility equipment, more seating, improved street access for pedestrians and maintenance vehicles, and landscaping to keep dogs away from neighbouring houses. Our aim is to ensure that everyone can play safely in the park - both dogs and their human companions.

In April 2019, Council invited the community to share their thoughts on the final concept design (located under the Resources section in the right sidebar). Thank you to everyone who contributed. Almost all of you supported the updated design concept, and a majority of you rated the design either a '4' or '5' out of 5.

Click below to find out what else you told us:

More information will become available as this project progresses. Residents will be notified before the commencement of construction works.

Council is committed to making sure everyone can access the information they need in a format that is right for them. If you would like information supplied in another language or format, please call (02) 9806 5050 or contact the project team at

More information

Find out more about the updated design

Council will work with the appointed contractor to source the best lights for the park. We are investigating options, such as solar bollard lights. These lights provide low level lighting, which illuminates only the ground level, allowing pedestrians to see the path directly around them.

The lights will be switched on at sunset and automatically timed to switch off at 8pm. During summer when the sun sets later, the lights will not need to be turned on at all.

The current fence line will remain the same however, a new double-gated entry system will be installed. Additional fencing will be added to separate the small dog and medium-big dog areas. 

Council will work with the appointed contractor to determine the best approach for a Bindii Management Plan at Barnetts Dog Park. Our aim is to eliminate bindies from the park to protect the paws of our furry friends and ensure everyone can play safely in the park.

You told us that you didn’t want any tunnels and that all agility equipment should be above ground. We’ve listened and  will work with the appointed contractor to provide a mix of new agility equipment, this could potentially include hurdles and weave poles.

Next steps

It is anticipated that construction will commence in the second half of 2019 (between July and December). It is anticpated that construction could take 4 – 6 weeks. Council will provide at least two week’s notice before the construction period commences.

Yes, it is expected that either the full park or portions of the park will need to be closed for 6-8 weeks while it is being upgraded and bindies are managed. This timeline is also subject to weather. In the meantime, there are plenty of off-leash spaces in the area to explore, including:

  • Burlington Memorial Park, Northmead
  • Balcombe Heights Reserve, Baulkham Hills
  • Coolong Reserve, Castle Hill
  • Don Moore Reserve, North Rocks
  • McCoy Park (basin area only), Toongabbie

For more information, contact Council's project officer on or call 02 9806 5050. 

Last updated 9 July 2019

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