Culture & Recreation >> Parks, Trails & Open Space

Dog Park and On-Leash Areas

NOTICE: On March 31, 2020, the Ontario Government extended its emergency declaration to stop the spread of COVID-19. Under the new order, all outdoor recreational amenities such as sports fields and playgrounds are to be closed. This new order includes all communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities, including but not limited to:

  • Playgrounds
  • Sports fields
  • Tennis Courts, Multi-Use Courts, Basketball Courts and Pickelball Courts
  • Off-leash dog parks
  • Beaches
  • Skatepark
  • Picnic areas
  • Outdoor community gardens
  • Parks shelters and pavilions
  • Condo parks and gardens
  • And other outdoor recreational amenities.

Green spaces in public parks, ravines, conservation areas and trails like the Friendship Trail would remain open for walkthrough access, but individuals must maintain the safe physical distance of at least two metres apart from others. Ontario’s provincial parks and conservation reserves remain closed.

Over the next couple days, Town Staff will be installing signs and restricting public access to outdoor amenities, where possible. To read more about the Town’s COVID-19 response, please visit To stay up-to-date with the latest advice from Niagara Region Public Health, visit



Pursuant to By-law 135-10, dogs are permitted off-leash in the designated off-leash area of Sugarbowl Park, and on-leash (maximum 6’ length) in Lions Sugarbowl Park, Battle of Ridgeway Park and on the Friendship Trail.

Refer to By-Law No. 135-10 for further information regarding dogs in parks and on beaches.

Off-leash Areas

A favorite with our four legged friends, the off-leash Dog Park is conveniently located in Lions Sugarbowl Park at the corner of Gilmore Road and Central Avenue. Approximately 1 acre in size, the fenced park allows for dogs to play off-lease in grassy and treed parkland of undulating terrain. The park is open dawn to dusk, 7 days per week. Parking is available beside the Central Fire Station off Central Avenue.

Dog Park Rules:

• Please remember to Stoop and Scoop.
• All dogs must display current dog license and vaccinations tags.
• Please remain in sight and voice control of your dog at all times, within the designated 
Off-Leash Dog Area.

Don’t forget to renew your dog license. The Annual License fee is $40.00 for a dog not altered, and $30.00 if it is spayed or neutered. Licenses expire on December 31 each year, with a grace period of 3 months. After March 31, a late fee of $15 is attached to the price of the license. Contact the Fort Erie SPCA for more information, at 905-871-2461.

On-Leash Areas