Located next to Dan Patterson Conservation Area is the Kettle Creek Dog Park. This park is made possible through a partnership between Kettle Creek Conservation Authority (KCCA), the Municipality of Central Elgin and the City of St. Thomas. The park is owned and managed by KCCA and the St. Thomas Dog Owners Association provides assistance to make sure the user rules are followed.
The five-acre park consists of a fenced off-leash area with three separate sections, one for small dogs, one for large dogs and an individual play area. The park is open year-round from dawn to dusk and no permit is required.
Following the user rules will maintain harmonious relations between dog park users and other conservation area users. Please follow the rules and help us maintain an area for off-leash dog recreation.
- All other activities not specifically identified are prohibited unless written permission is obtained from Kettle Creek Conservation Authority. Any person engaged in a prohibited activity is trespassing on this property and is subject to prosecution under the Trespass to Property Act (Ontario) and the Conservation Authorities Act.Dog Park Rules As a condition of entering this park, dog owners and custodians must read and agree to be bound by the following:
- Park is open dawn to dusk only, unless otherwise posted.
- All dogs shall wear visible, valid and up-to-date license and rabies vaccination tags.
- Park users and dog owners/custodians assume all risks for injury or loss of any kind to themselves and their dogs, recognizing the inherent risks involved in exercising over natural terrain and mixing various dogs in a free range area.
- Owners are fully responsible for their dog’s actions and for any injuries or damages arising from their dog’s behaviour. The Dog Owner’s Liability Act applies in this Park.
- Dog owners/custodians must carry a leash at all times and closely supervise their dogs. At no time may the owner/custodian exit the fenced area without his/her dog(s).
- Each owner/custodian must be an adult and shall not supervise more than three dogs while in the park.
- Excessive barking is prohibited. Dogs barking excessively must be removed.
- Dogs exhibiting aggressive behaviour are to be removed immediately
- Dog feces must be cleaned up immediately by owners/custodians and properly disposed of in the containers provided.
- Owners/custodians must fill any holes created by their dogs and report any observations of gaps or weaknesses in the boundary fencing.
PROHIBITED from entering the Park are:
1. Children, unless under strict adult supervision at all times
2. Dogs with any sickness
3. Dogs designated as dangerous under the Municipality of Central Elgin By-Law or required to wear a muzzle when at large
4. Female dogs in heat
5. Puppies under four months of age
6. Dogs not wearing valid license and rabies tags
7. All domestic animals other than dogs