Dog off leash - Emily McCarthy Park South Coogee

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UPDATE: At the Ordinary Council Meeting on 28 Nov 2023, Council resolved to allow dogs to exercise off-leash at Emily McCarthy Park. To read the minutes from the meeting visit our website.

Dogs can exercise off-leash once new signage and dog waste stations are installed early 2024.


Randwick Council is proposing to permit owners exercise their dogs off-leash at Emily McCarthy Park in South Coogee. 

Dogs are important in many people's lives. They reduce social isolation, create connections, and promote healthy lifestyles. As the population of Randwick City grows, it becomes increasingly important that pet owners living in smaller homes and apartments can access a public park for their pets to exercise.

With no designated off-leash parks in South Coogee, Council has identified Emily McCarthy Park on Elphinstone Road as a potential location for dogs to play and socialise with their canine friends!

Emily McCarthy Park offers natural shade, seating, accessible entry, with adjacent homes and trees providing a natural buffer from the road.

If the park becomes off-leash, we will install dog waste stations, additional bins, and new regulatory signage. Dog off-leash parks can be shared by everyone. Dog owners must maintain effective control of their dogs and pick up after them.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the proposal:

Or you can send your comments with the subject “Emily McCarthy Park Dog Off-leash” to council@randwick.nsw.gov.au or to 30 Frances Street, Randwick 2031

Feedback open: 3 to 31 October 2023.

UPDATE: At the Ordinary Council Meeting on 28 Nov 2023, Council resolved to allow dogs to exercise off-leash at Emily McCarthy Park. To read the minutes from the meeting visit our website.

Dogs can exercise off-leash once new signage and dog waste stations are installed early 2024.


Randwick Council is proposing to permit owners exercise their dogs off-leash at Emily McCarthy Park in South Coogee. 

Dogs are important in many people's lives. They reduce social isolation, create connections, and promote healthy lifestyles. As the population of Randwick City grows, it becomes increasingly important that pet owners living in smaller homes and apartments can access a public park for their pets to exercise.

With no designated off-leash parks in South Coogee, Council has identified Emily McCarthy Park on Elphinstone Road as a potential location for dogs to play and socialise with their canine friends!

Emily McCarthy Park offers natural shade, seating, accessible entry, with adjacent homes and trees providing a natural buffer from the road.

If the park becomes off-leash, we will install dog waste stations, additional bins, and new regulatory signage. Dog off-leash parks can be shared by everyone. Dog owners must maintain effective control of their dogs and pick up after them.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the proposal:

Or you can send your comments with the subject “Emily McCarthy Park Dog Off-leash” to council@randwick.nsw.gov.au or to 30 Frances Street, Randwick 2031

Feedback open: 3 to 31 October 2023.

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