Hong Kong will get 54 more pet-inclusive parks, starting June 13. Designated areas of 19 parks – such as Conduit Road Children’s Playground, Peak Road Garden, and Lai Chi Kok Park – will be open to pets. In addition, the entire premises of 35 parks – such as Stanley Village Road Garden and Tung Lo Wan Garden – will open up to pets as well.

The designated pet-inclusive areas at Ma On Shan Promenade and Sha Tin Park will be open for three months on a trial basis.

These venues, unlike the city’s pet gardens, are not designed specifically for pets. They are existing parks recently outfitted with facilities such as dog excreta collection bins and hand-washing facilities. The last time the government opened up such premises in the city to pets was in April 2022, when it added 62 parks to its list of pet-inclusive parks, most notably at Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park and Central Pier Waterfront.

Pet owners must follow a Users' Code when they take their pets to government-run pet parks and gardens.
Pet owners must follow a Users’ Code when they take their pets to government-run pet parks and gardens (©Exploringlife via Wikicommons)

The newest additions, which will open on June 13, will bring the city’s total number of pet-inclusive parks to 170.

Pet owners must adhere to the Users’ Code that applies to these parks, which includes keeping dogs on their leashescleaning up after pets if they make a mess, and ensuring that pets do not cause a danger or nuisance to people and other pets in the park.

In July 2022, the Hong Kong government opened 12 additional pet-friendly parks, making the total number of such parks in the city 115. The LCSD also has 52 dedicated off-leash dog and pet gardens across several districts in Hong Kong, some of which have facilities such as play equipment, drinking fountains, and lawns specifically for pets.

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Last month, two privately owned pet-friendly gardens opened at K11 Musea and Tai Yuen Commercial Centre. And if you’d like to have some fun in the sun with your furry friends, check out the pet-friendly beaches where they can run free.

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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