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Leash-Free Dog Parks

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All municipal leash-free dog parks are now open.

Park users must keep a two-metre distance from another person who is not a member of their household. Practise strict physical distancing and stay safe. Bring your own hand sanitizer. If possible, wear a non-medical mask. 

Clarington's leash-free dog parks in Bowmanville, Courtice and Newcastle are places where dogs can run free and owners can enjoy exercising with their pets outdoors.

View the Leash-Free Dog Parks Map (PDF)

Bowmanville Leash-Free Dog Park

The leash-free park in Bowmanville is located south of Highway 401 in the Bowmanville Harbour Conservation Area. Take Liberty Street South to Lake Road. Turn east on Lake Road and then south at Port Darlington Road. After crossing the railroad tracks, turn west onto West Beach Road. Follow the signs, the park is on the south side of the road.

Courtice Leash-Free Dog Park

The Courtice Leash-Free Dog Park is a 1.5-acre fenced dog park located on the east side of the South Courtice artificial turf field. The park features separate areas for large and small dogs and is located east of the turf field at South Courtice Arena, 1595 Prestonvale Road, Courtice.

Newcastle Leash-Free Dog Park

The leash-free park in Newcastle is located behind the Diane Hamre Recreation Complex at 1780 Rudell Road. Follow Highway 2 to Rudell Road and turn south. The driveway into the Recreation Complex is on the west side of Rudell Road, approximately 300 metres south of Highway 2. Park at the west end of the parking lot and follow the limestone trail to the fenced leash-free park.

Leash-free dog park etiquette

  • For safety reasons, children under six years are not allowed to enter the park.
  • An adult must supervise any child between 6 and 12 years of age.
  • Keep your dog(s) on leash until you are inside the fenced area.
  • Upon entering and exiting, keep your dog(s) on leash to prevent escapes.
  • Do not bring toys, this may create guarding or territorial issues.
  • Do not bring any food (including dog treats) into the leash-free park.
  • Clean up after your dog.
  • Do not bring female dogs in heat or unaltered male dogs into the park.
  • Limit the number of dogs you bring into the park to a maximum of three.
  • Always keep your dog in sight and within voice range.
  • Make sure your dog is up-to-date on his vaccinations.
  • If your dog is bullying, or being bullied, leave the park immediately.
  • No digging. Fill in any holes your dog has created.
  • Respect the rules of the dog park.

We ask residents to respect the rules and to be considerate of other owners and their dogs. This will allow everyone to enjoy and share the leash-free park.

If you are experiencing issues with an aggressive dog at a leash-free dog park, you can report it online using our Report a Problem form.


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