Massachusetts has many play spaces for dogs off the leashDogs love to romp with their human and dog pals, especially if they've been cooped up in a car with a family on vacation. Many Massachusetts town have parks where dogs may play off-leash. Some parks have many rules and some have few. Here are some typical rules that apply at the more restrictive parks:
- Dogs must be licensed and vaccinated
- Prohibitions usually include puppies under 4 to 6 months old; females in heat; vicious dogs; choke, prong, pinch, spiked and electronic collars; dog treats and toys; bikes, strollers, baby carriages, skateboards, skates, rollerblades and motorized vehicles; food for dogs or people and glass containers
- Many parks prohibit young children and require older children to be under the supervision of an adult
- Owners are asked to pick up after their dogs, repair holes, and control barking
- Many parks limit each person to no more than 2 or 3 dogs
- Some parks provide water and waster bags but you should bring water and bags for your dog
Also, it is wise to check a park website or phone ahead in case park conditions or restrictions have changed.
On Route 134 South, between traffic lights at Upper County Road and Route 28 South Dennis, MA Phone:
430 Potomska Road Dartmouth, MA Phone: 508-990-0505
This well-managed nature center and coastal reserve has extraordinary water views and five miles of trails through unspoiled forest and salt marshes. The Lloyd Center offers a variety of recreational and educational opportunities for families, birders, school-children, hikers, scientists and nature enthusiasts of all ages. Dogs may be off-leash except when visitors, especially schoolchildren, are using the visitor center. Usually, visitor center is closed Sundays and Mondays. It may be open Mondays in warm seasons. See dog policy on home page of website.
Bark Place at Breakheart Reservation
Forest Street off Lynn Fells Pkwy in Breakheart Reservation Saugus, MA Phone: 781-233-0834
East Foxboro Street, between Cedar and Gunhouse streets, opposite the ball fields Sharon, MA Phone:
Stodder's Neck Dog Park
457 Lincoln Street (Route 3A) Hingham, ME Phone: 617-727-5293
Beecher Street Park
Off Beecher Street between Boylston and Paul Gore streets Jamaica Plain, MA Phone:
Kendall Street near Route 202 Granby, MA Phone: 413-467-7606
Entrances at Fort Hill Street and Beal Street Hingham, MA Phone:
This park occupies more than 400 acres along the Weymouth Back River. There are three miles of paved roadways for hiking, bicycling, and jogging, as well as wooded paths. Dogs are allowed off leash but must be leashed before entering and after leaving the park. Owner must have dogs under voice control and must have leash if it is needed. Owners must pick up dog waste.
Washington Street or Shawmut Avenue, near E. Berkeley Street Boston, MA Phone:
Peters Park is in the heart of Boston's vibrant South End. The park provides five acres of activity for people and families of all ages. It has a gated children's playground, baseball field, tennis court, and lighted basket ball courts. There is a fenced-in off leash Dog Park, lots of open space as well as gardens.
The Joe Wex Dog Recreation Space (DRS) within the park provides a space in which dogs can run, play and socialize. It has over 13,000 square feet of space (including a separate enclosed 3,000 square feet for small dogs).
People Rules: Maintain control of your bog; clean up after your dog.
Route 6 and Shank Painter Road Provincetown, MA Phone: 508-487-1212
This park is on an acre of land enclosed with a tall fence and double entry gates. There are separate sections for larger and smaller dogs. Parking and main entrance access are from Route 6 headed east.
Dog Rules: Dogs must be licensed and vaccinated and wear tags on their collars at all times. Dogs must be spayed or neutered.
Prohibited: Dogs less than 4 months old; sick dogs; food, drink, glass containers, and smoking
People Rules: Be present with your dog at all times in the park. Clean up after your dog. Limit of 3 dogs per person. Keep your dogs leashed until you are in the dog park. Repair any holes your dog digs. Children under age 16 must be supervised by an adult.
Provincetown allows dogs on its beaches from Memorial Day to November 1 off-leash from 6-9 a.m. and from 6 p.m.-6 a.m. Dogs are allowed on the beaches on-leash at all times.
Village Street and Cottage streets Medway, MA Phone:
Dog Rules: Wear collars with identification at all times. Dogs must be spayed or neutered. Any bull terriers or bull terrier mixed must wear a muzzle.
Prohibited: Dogs less than 4 months old; children under age 12, unless they are closely supervised by adults; food, drink, and smoking
People Rules: Be present with your dog at all times in the park. Clean up after your dog. Obtain a permit and tag to use the dog park; applications are on the park’s website. Limit of 3 dogs per person. Keep your dogs leashed until you are in the dog park. Repair any holes your dog digs. No tree climbing.
Brookline has a Green Dog program, in which dogs are allowed off-leash in specific parks and green spaces for specific hours of the day. Brookline has 14 off-leash areas scattered in various parks across the town, with off-leash hours established by the Park and Recreation Commission. Dogs are not allowed on any fields when the ground is thawing, generally during the entire month of March.
Visitors who want to run their dogs off-leash in these areas must first get a green dog permit from town hall. Permits cost $5 for a two-day permit (per dog) and $10 for a one-week permit (per dog). Owners are always expected to control their dogs and pick up their dogs’ waste. Town Hall is at 330 Washington Street.
Parks that allow dogs off-leash from dawn to 9 a.m. are:
-- Coolidge Playground (Columbia Street)
-- Corey Hill Park (Summit Avenue)
-- Daniel Ford Playground at Emerson Garden (Waverly Street)
-- Jean Waldstein Playground (Dean Road)
-- Lotta Bradburn Schick Park (Addington Road)
-- Mary E. Robinson Playground (Cypress & Franklin Street)
-- Soule Recreation Center Upper Field (Hammond Street)
Parks that allow dogs off-leash from dawn to 1 p.m. are:
-- Amory Playground (Amory Street)
-- Daniel W. Warren, Jr. Playground (Eliot Street)
-- Griggs Park (Griggs Road)
Parks that allow dogs off-leash from dawn to 1 p.m. from March to November and from dawn to dusk, December to February are:
-- Brookline Avenue Playground (Brookline Avenue)
-- Harry Downes Field (Jamaica Road)
-- Larz Anderson Park (Newton Street)
Dog Park in French Park
Baldwin Hill Road Edgemont, MA Phone: 413-528-0182
Grassy, fenced park of about one acre. The park is set on a hilltop surrounded by mountains and trees. The main entrance to French Park is on Prospect Lake Road; the dog park is past the main entrance and around the corner, on Baldwin Hill Road. One of the few dog parks in western Massachusetts.
Off Route 128 Hingham, MA Phone: 617-749-7160