New Fenced Dog Exercise Area - 2019

Closed 3 Apr 2019

Opened 12 Mar 2019

Feedback updated 12 Apr 2019

We asked

In March, we ran a three-week public engagement process to determine where the next fenced dog exercise area should be constructed in Hamilton.

This project is part of our Pooches in Parks plan, which also outlines where dog owners can exercise their pets off-lead in specified parks around our city. The new fenced dog area is an outcome of the 2018-2018 10-Year Plan.

We ran a simple public consultation process, giving the community an opportunity to nominate which of three parks was the preference for this new asset.

The parks were:

  • Innes Common
  • Tauhara Park
  • Resthills Park

The consultation ran for three weeks, and included a direct invitation to registered dog owners and dog clubs to provide comment.

You said

We had more than 1320 responses to our online and postal engagement survey for this project.

Innes Common emerged as the clear favourite, preferred by more than 650 people who responded. Tauhara Park was selected by 454 respondents, with Resthills Park the least preferred with just 183 responses.

Respondents who preferred Innes Common noted its central location and the fact it is already a popular park for people who want to exercise their dogs. Safety, popularity and ease of access were also cited as reasons this park was preferred.

We did

Our staff will now begin project planning for the construction of a fenced dog exercise area at Innes Common. The specific site is on the southwestern side of the park, behind the Hamilton Yacht Club complex.

This project will be completed by the end of the 2018/19 financial year.


Thanks for your interest in our project to develop a new fenced (off-leash) dog exercise area in one of Hamilton’s parks.

After assessing several parks around the city, and in line with our Pooches in Parks plan, we have settled on three possible locations for this new fenced dog exercise area.

We’re asking people to essentially vote for their preference from the three parks listed below.

You can vote for only one of the three parks.

The results will be tabulated and then the new fenced dog area will be confirmed.

If you need reminding of where these parks are, visit 


Please note:
Please be aware when providing a submission/giving feedback/responding to a survey that all responses are part of the consultation process. This means that your name but not contact details may be reproduced and included in the Council's public documents such as the Council agendas and minutes. These documents are available on the Council's website at