Public Park Guidelines On Dogs, Horses, Bonfires

January 19, 2019

The Department of Parks has issued their annual advisory and the guidelines for dogs and horses in Bermuda’s National Parks and regarding bonfire permits.

A spokesperson said, “As a reminder, Bermuda’s National Parks comprise of all public parks and public beaches.

“And in accordance with the Bermuda National Parks Act 1986, 2009 & 2017 Amendments and The Bermuda National Parks Regulations 1988 & 2018, the public should note:

Dogs in the National Parks:

  • Dogs are permitted to be on any public beach from the 1st November to the 31st March.
  • Dogs must be on a leash at all times with leash length no greater than three metres
  • For safety and health reasons dogs are not permitted on playgrounds in National Parks.

Horses in the National Parks:

“From the 1st November – 30th April, no person shall take or ride a horse on Horseshoe Bay Beach, in South Shore Park, or on the beaches in Johns Smith’s Bay Park and Elbow Beach Park. However individuals may take or ride a horse on all other public beaches below the high tide water mark at any time.

Special Permits:

“Park patrons are reminded that Special Permits should be sought from the Department of Parks if they plan to have events and activities within the National Park System. Permits can be collected from the Parks Office located at Global House, 43 Church Street Hamilton HM 12.

Bonfires in the National Parks:

  • All bonfires require a Special Permit which must be obtained from the Department of Parks’ office.
  • Upon obtaining a Special Permit, persons will receive all necessary information about the terms and conditions for proper bonfire conduct within National Parks.

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  1. Arthur - Atlanta says:

    Dog lease no longer than 3 ‘meters’
    Hmmm…where is the calculator for the seniors who (for their whole lives) have used the English/standard system of measurement.

    • Question says:

      Yet they have managed to understand how fast 50k is.

      3 metres is 10 feet.

    • AMonk says:

      1 metre = 39 inches (just over 3 feet, or 1 yard). 3 metres = 10 feet (approximately).

    • Anbu says:

      Google a conversion chart. Or open a book

  2. aceboy says:

    I will treat this like the guys who fly kites with loud hummers do. In other words I will completely ignore the law and take my dog wherever or whenever I want.

    Then, when someone complains I will just say “Deal with it”.

    • Question says:


      • aceboy says:

        Actually that was sarcasm. I don’t ignore these laws and don’t take my dog to public parks.

        I was just making a point.

        You and I are on the same page regarding the kites AND these laws.

    • uhhuh says:

      Spot on.

    • Johnny B says:

      lol I do the same. I don’t really care for these dog laws personally. If my dog isn’t bothering anyone it can do what it wants.

  3. Whistling Frog says:

    The warden needs to be stationed at the Shelly Bay playground. Every time I’m there with my child, there is a dog or two there and it’s very annoying as some children are afraid of dogs.
    Signs need to be put in place so the dogs can read it out to their handlers that they’re not to be on the grounds…

    • wahoo says:

      Signs? Signs are made to be ignored like stop signs, speed limit signs, loitering signs etc.

    • Well then says:

      Well maybe if there was a dog park or a designated area that people can take their dogs they won’t be in the playgrounds

      • question says:

        So in the meantime until someone gives you a ‘dog park’ for free, your solution is to take your dog to a kid’s playground and let it run around without a leash.
        Which makes you a jerk.

  4. T says:

    Unfortunately their negligence leaves no repercussions other than neighbors being left irritated. Your negligence can lead to a dog bite, injured victim and euthanized pet…