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Zetland dog owners celebrate new off-leash area at Nuffield park

Nuffield Park in Zetland will now welcome off leash dogs in its northern section. Photo: Paul Patterson/City of Sydney.


Dog owners in Zetland have welcomed an additional space for pets to enjoy after the grass lawn at Nuffield Park became off-leash this week.

Under the changes, dogs are now allowed off-leash at all times on the grass in the northern section of Nuffield Park.

Zetland residents have long been calling for the beloved park to be made off-leash, with Labor councillor Linda Scott starting a petition to demand that the City of Sydney turn Nuffield Park into an off-leash space. 

“Zetland urgently needs more open space to play for our many small dogs to exercise and socialise with their inner-city families,” the petition stated. 

A proposal to consider making the park off-leash was put forward late last year behind the strength of the petition. Members of the public were invited to give feedback, with a review and recommendation made at the end of 2021.

A decision was made to approve the plan “following the strong support [the Council] received from a majority of the submissions”, City Parks and Recreation Planner Mark Driver said. 

Cr Scott took to social media to celebrate the changes, calling it a win for the community. 

“Congratulations to the hundreds of Zetland residents who have worked together to sign my petition and secure enough signatures to ensure Nuffield Park is officially off leash!” she wrote.

The new off-leash area is bordered by Hutchinson Walk, Ascot Avenue, George Julius Avenue and the park footpath, which runs from east to west through the park.

All other parts of Nuffield park will remain on leash and dogs will still be prohibited from the basketball court.

Park signs have been updated with maps showing the boundary of the off-leash, on-leash and dog-prohibited areas.

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