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October 2016
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The Best Parks for your Pooch: Boston's Best Dog Parks | By Jeff Hamilton

We love boston and so should all of our furry friends… and, with parks like these, how could they not?

If you are looking for a local neighborhood park look no further…

#1: Our Favorite puppy paradise. For a puppy playground located in Boston’s South End, walk on over to Peter’s Park in the 8 Streets Neighborhood (1277 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118). Known for being the first city sanctioned off leash dog park in Boston (opened in 2007), Peter’s Park has plenty of space for your dogs and all of their canine compadres. With more than 13,000 square feet of space and 3,000 square feet designated especially for small dogs, there is no shortage of space for your pet to let loose! The park is maintained by the Friends of Peter’s Park and kept in near pristine condition. Smoking is not permitted in the park and owners are required to pick up after their pets. The play area is gravel which makes for easy clean up!

Moving out of the South End and into Downtown Boston we have the iconic Boston Common (131 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111). Being the oldest park in America, this is the perfect stomping ground for residents of Beacon Hill, Back Bay and Downtown Crossing. While your dog frolicks in the expansive space you can reflect on all its famous visitors such as Generals Washington and Lafayette to Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and Pope John Paul III who have come before you. Boston Common has an awesome off leash dog park, and it is actually the first approved off leash dog park in a city park that does not fence off a specific designated area for dog use. The off leash area has a rotating location in order to minimize the amount of damage to the parks grounds, and is open to pets from 6am to 11pm seven days a week with exceptions for special events. Just make sure that your pup is wearing tags and that you have a leash on hand for exiting and entering the off leash areas. As always,make sure to clean up after your furry friends!

#2: Blackstone Square, a large and leafy park between Washington Street and Shawmut Avenue, is a common place to find dozens of dogs in the early morning and evening hours. Located adjacent to Franklin Square at 1525 Washington Street this park is the grassy oasis in the South End that your pup will love. The park provides 2.5 acres of open area for your dog to frolic. A large fountain in the center is an ideal spot for your pet to cool off in the hot summer heat! Check out the Square’s instagram page @blackstonefranklinsq to see all of the latest happenings in the park!

#3: A great park for your pup, with spectacular views for you! The Carleton Court dog park is located on the Southwest Corridor Path, off of Carleton and Holyoke Street, straddling the Back Bay and South End.The surface is concrete which means you won't have to worry about your pup getting muddy paws.This park’s perimeter is fenced ensuring owners won’t be required to exercise chasing down a runaway pup,. You will enjoy scenic views of the Back Bay skyline including the Prudential Center and the John Hancock Tower in the park while playing with your pet from 8 am to 10 pm 7 days a week.

#4: Finally, we have a spot for those of you in the North End as well! Richmond Street Dog park, (71 Prince Street, Boston, MA 02113) renovated in 2013, is a long stretch of land for your pup to play on, equipped with cleaning supplies (broom and poop bags) to keep the park tidy. The park is gravel, to help keep your pets clean, and is all fenced in! It is the only designated park in the North End where dogs can run around leash free!

If you are willing to take a quick trip in the car these parks are musts!

  • Bremen Street Dog Park
    • Located in East Boston
    • Off leash dog park
    • Features
      • Small dog area
      • Water fountains for both you and your pup
    • Check them out on facebook and twitter!
  • Zero New Washington Dog Park
  • Daheny Park
    • Located off of 99 Sherman Street in Cambridge
    • Large grassy fenced in area for your pups to play off leash
    • Features
      • Water fountaina
      • Time out space for misbehaving dogs