A real dog park is pretty hard to come by in Melbourne. After a recent runaway puppy incident at our local half-fenced dog park and falling flat on my face after being tangled on a 15m extendee lead, finding a fully-fenced off leash dog park had become essential. In fact, needing to find a proper dog park is one of the main reasons why we created Pupbeat in the first place.
After a bit of researching, it turns out that one of our closest fenced dog parks is in Wyndham Vale. Two weeks ago I wouldn’t have been to tell you where that is. East? West? Is there a Lord of the Vale? Now, Wyndham Vale is my new best friend.
Presidents Park is everything we could’ve wanted and more. It is truly presidential. Rolling trails along the river and big wide open spaces provide room to run around for adventurous dogs that have mastered the art of the reliable recall. While puppies with selective hearing can run amuck in the completely fenced-in dog park. And it’s a BIG fenced dog park, not some tiny token dog park.
The park comes complete with benches for tired (or lazy) humans, water fountains, doggy bags and bins. Best of all, the dog park also has its own supply of tennis plays. Yes, some genius local resident has filled soda bottles with tennis balls for visitors to throw around. They aren’t great quality but bouncing tennis balls = super happy puppy. Whoever came up with this idea is amazing. To you sir/madam, I say “well done.”
The whole park isn’t off leash, just the side east of the Obedience Dog School. However, the park is so big that this isn’t really an issue. For those who are sceptical about travelling out into the unknown regions of the Vale, Presidents Park was definitely worth the 30 minute drive.
Address: Heaths Road, Wyndham Vale
Features: Fully fenced dog park, dog water bowls, bins, doggy bags, tennis balls
Have you been Presidents Park with your pup? Let us know what you think in the comments below.