The Middlesex Fells Reservation's 2,575 acres offer a welcome retreat for city dwellers and a suitable terrain for hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders, rock climbers, cross-country skiers and picnickers as well as natural and cultural history buffs. This reservation welcomes pets as long as they are kept on leash. Also, there is an off-leash recreation area for dogs in the Sheepfold. Dog(s) must be wearing a collar with current dog license and rabies tags.
Carleton Street between Braddock Park and Holyoke StreetBoston, MAPhone:
Carlton Court Dog Park, on Carleton Street between Braddock Park and Holyoke Street, is within Southwest Corridor Park is a 4-mile-long park stretching from the Back Bay to Forest Hills. It links South End, Back Bay, Roxbury and Jamaica Plain with a street-level, green open space for parkland and recreation. Approximately a quarter of the parkland is decked over the railroad tracks. There are tot lot areas, spray pools, basketball courts, tennis courts, street hockey rinks, amphitheaters, and six miles of biking, jogging and walking paths.
Village Street and Cottage streetsMedway, MAPhone:
Hours: Weekdays, 6:30 a.m. to dusk; weekends and holidays, 8 a.m. to dusk 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.
Beecher Street Park
Off Beecher Street between Boylston and Paul Gore streetsJamaica Plain, MAPhone:
This is a small, fenced neighborhood dog park where dogs can socialize off-leash.
Washington Street or Shawmut Avenue, near E. Berkeley StreetBoston, MAPhone:
Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
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.
14 parks throughout townBrookline, MAPhone: 617-879-4850
Hours: Variable at different parks; see details in Green Dog program brochure
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 in various parks across the town.
Visitors who want to run their dogs off-leash in these areas must first get a green dog permit from town hall. Fees: two-day permit, $5; one-week permit, $10; annual permit for residents, $50. Town Hall is at 330 Washington Street.
See Green Dog Program Park Map for participating parks and hours for dog play.