Burlington Memorial Park is a small, fenced dog park in Northmead. It is located conveniently close to Northmead Pet Barn, which is just further down the road. Also nearby are a few local shops and restaurants, though your dog/s would probably have to wait outside if you visited these.
Burlington Memorial Park consists mainly of a grassy field, with provided seating found around the perimeters. Facilities include a tap (found towards the back of the park) and plastic bags for cleaning up any mess made by the dogs. The bags can usually be found by the front gate.
Burlington Memorial Park is a small local dog park in Northmead
Burlington Memorial Park is frequented mostly by locals. The park provides a wonderful opportunity for socialising your dog, as well as meeting other dog owners; but this is usually only achievable if you visit at the right time.
The park consists mainly of a sloping grassy field
Most often, I visit this dog park in the evening (around 5-6pm). I find that it is in the evening that most of the local dog owners visit this park. After a few trips, you begin to know some of the other visitors personally, and the experience is made all the more enjoyable. I have also visited outside of this time when the park has been empty, and I found the experience rather dull in comparison. Though your dog/s are sure to appreciate the space in which to run; they tire more quickly when not presented with new stimuli and other dogs to meet.
Seating is available around the perimeters of the park
To avoid this less sociable experience of Burlington Memorial Park, I recommend evening visits. However, if you are seeking a quiet, tranquil place to relax while your pet runs freely, a visit during the day is probably more appropriate.
There is usually shade to be found around the edges of the park
On weekends the park is likely to have more visitors, and this again can have an impact on the quality of your experience. Overall, I tend to enjoy my visits more if there are other dogs and owners enjoying the park.
Though small, the park is a perfectly adequate space for your pet to exercise freely and potentially meet other dogs.
Please note that at certain times of the year, burs may become quite a problem at this park. My dog Basil is a Japanese Spitz, and this breed is renowned for being extremely fluffy. As a result, after a visit to Burlington Memorial Park, he is likely to have amassed an impressive number of burs in his fur. So if you are the owner of a fluffy dog, be prepared to spend time untangling burs from your dogís fur after a trip to this park.
The grass in Burlington Memorial Park unfortunately contains many burs, and these may become entangled in the fur of any fluffy dogs. Short-haired dogs should not be affected.
As mentioned previously, Burlington Memorial Park is a small local dog park. If you are looking to bring your dog/s to a larger area, I would recommend Dan Mahoney Reserve, another off-leash dog park located in North Parramatta. (Visit http://sydneyfun.com.au/dan-mahoney-reserve-dog-park/ for my previous article on this dog park).
I visit Burlington Memorial Park when I am looking for a more casual and convenient option. I can honestly say that I have enjoyed most of my visits to Burlington Memorial Park, the exception being the times when I visited and the park was empty. So long as you donít mind the possibility of burs, visit Burlington Memorial Park to socialise, or alternatively enjoy the quiet and tranquillity of the park.
Where: 23 Boundary Road, Northmead, Sydney NSW .
Why: To watch your dog/s socialising or to partake in dog photography.
The park is usually frequented by local dog owners in the evening. Outside of this time, the park may be empty.
When: The best time to visit is in the evening around 4:30pm - 6pm, as this is usually the time when local dog owners bring their dogs to the park. If you visit the park outside of this time, it is likely that the park will be empty and not as much fun will be had. On weekends, locals may visit at different times.
Good for kids: Yes, though it is of course advisable that a close eye be kept on children to ensure that they play nicely with the dogs.