Paws in Parks

small dog in a park
Logo for Paws in Parks Off Leash Program

What is Paws in Parks?

Dogs are not allowed to run-at-large anywhere in Middlesex Centre. This means they must be on a leash when you are out for a walk or visiting a park.

"Paws in Parks" is designed to provide off-leash access within specific municipal parks to accommodate the needs of dog owners to exercise their pets where they won't be subject to the municipal animal control by-law.

Dogs can legally run off-leash only in park areas identified through the Paws in Parks program.  

To keep our parks clean and safe for children, dogs must always stay outside of playground and sport field boundaries.

Which parks and trails offer dog-off-leash-areas?

Paws in Parks operates in Douglas B. Weldon Park in Arva and the Ilderton Rail Trail. Clearly placed signs within each park will direct you to the off-leash area. If a green off-leash sign is not posted, you must have your dog on a leash at all times.

What else do I need to know?

In addition to knowing where dogs are allowed off-leash, there are some simple rules for dogs and their handlers to follow.

Rules for Paws in Parks:

  • Make sure your dog is wearing a current licence tag on their collar.
  • Stoop and Scoop! Pick up after your dog and properly dispose of waste.
  • Keep your dog outside of playground and sport field boundaries.
  • Do not allow your dog to dig holes in a municipal park.
  • Do not let your dog jump on people.
  • Ensure you have control of your dog at all times whether on or off leash.
  • Keep your dog on its leash while walking to and from the off-leash areas.
Douglas B Weldon Park Paws in Parks Off Leash Area Map
Ilderton Rail Trail Paws in Parks Off Leash Area Map


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