South Park is a lovely park located off Peterborough Road, in the Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, at a convenient distance from Parsons Green (less than 15 minutes walk) and Putney Bridge (less than 20 minutes walk) tube stations. Dogs are allowed in the park, and, if you prefer to let your dog off in an enclosed space, you can enjoy a nice dog exercise area (the picture above shows the dog area – and a very happy Londog testing it! -).
In this blog post – the first in The Londog’s dog areas reviews series – you will discover what we thought of the dog area.
The Dog Exercise Area
The dog exercise area includes a wide green area and a long narrow run. The widest part consists in a big lawn, with a few trees, while the narrow run can turn a bit muddy and has few bushes.
The dog exercise area has a good size and your dog can have proper runs, fetching the ball or playing with other dogs.
Fences and gates
- Min. fence height: 110 cm (approx. 43.31 inches)
- No. of gates: 4
The dog area is fully enclosed. The most part of its perimeter is surrounded by a close knit stock fence approximately 110 to 125 cm high (aprox. 43.31 to 49.21 inches), while the remaining parts are enclosed within a high brick wall (on the boundary with the road) and a very high metal fence (over 3m – aprox. 9.8 feet on the boundary with the adjacent multi-sport game area).
The area has 4 gates, 3 of which are located on the long run. At the time of our visit all the gate locks were working fine.
Given the height and type of the fences and wall, I found the area quite safe for large dogs. However, you should pay extra attention around the short side at the very end of the long run, near the entrance on Peterborough Road, where part of the fence is a bit shorter and not well maintained (I hope they will take care of it some time).
At the time of our visit, I did not spot any holes in the fence, so it seems highly unlikely that a small dog could escape from it, unless your little one is called Houdini.
Facilities and maintenance
The area is provided with two dog waste bins, while there are no benches.
At the time of our visit, the dog area looked quite well maintained. It appeared clear of dog mess and other rubbish, apart from a pair of plastic gloves in the long run. A fantastic place where to enjoy some fetch ball!
The only part that would need some improvement is the short side of the fence at the end of the long run, next to the entrance on Peterborough Road (see picture below).
! IMPORTANT NOTE !
The survival of dog exercise areas largely depend from the behaviour of dog owners visiting them. Be considerate and always remember to clean after your dog in the dog area: complaints about dog fouling often lead to the removal of dog areas!
Do you often visit the area and have any further comments? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment below!
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