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  • The Best Dog Parks Boston Has to Offer

    by Andrew Borgschulte
    A photo of the Boston skyline.

    The “City on the Hill” is known for its history and lately, its winning sports teams. In addition, it is also a great place to own a dog! Here are six of the top dog parks Boston dog owners love.

    Zero New Washington Street Dog Park

    This park offers a gazebo and benches for the humans to sit on and great obstacles for the dogs to play in. There are also water fountains for humans and dogs, but the doggie water bowl can get clogged and pretty dirty.

    On the flip side, it can get a bit dusty and muddy and if your dog loves to roll around, they’ll get pretty dirty. Their address is 0 New Washington St., Somerville.

    Nunziato Dog Park

    Nunziato is a pretty standard dog park. It’s gravel, so the dogs can get dusty, but that’s to be expected. They provide empty water bowls, but no hose. Double-entry gates, as expected, ensure that no pups can easily get out. There are also picnic tables, another nice bonus is that they have clean poop bags in case you’ve forgotten yours.

    One thing to keep in mind about Nunziato dog park is that there is not a lot of places for shade, so double down on the sunblock and maybe bring an umbrella. The dogs tend to chill out in the one corner shady spot under some trees or under the picnic tables.

    Peters Park

    Opened in 2007 Peters Park is Boston’s first city-sanctioned off-leash dog park. This park is one of the safest, cleanest, and most beautiful off-leash dog parks Boston offers. It provides a space in which dogs can run, play and socialize and has over 13,000 square feet of space including a separately enclosed 3,000 square feet for small dogs. 

    It is also adjacent to tennis courts and a kids playground. Their address is 1277 Washington St., Boston.

    Bremen Street Dog Park

    The Bremen Street Dog park is a one third acre off-leash recreation area. It is a place where city dogs can roam free with pals and strut their stuff on the dog agility course. It is located at the intersection of Bremen and Porter Streets.

    The park has a large flat area, which is protected from the elements and most of the play area is very fine gravel surrounded by an asphalt track, where owners can watch the action and mingle with other dog lovers. There is also an ample sized small dog area fenced off from the larger dog park and each area has its own water fountain with separate fountains for dogs and humans. 

    RUFF North End Dog Park

    R.U.F.F. (Responsible Urbanites For Fido) is a group of volunteer dog lovers whose mission is to work towards healthy dog living and work with the community to better neighborhood relations. To serve that mission, their North End Dog Park offers artificial turf, a water play area, and even agility courses.

    There are two separate sections: an upper level for dogs under 25 pounds, and the lower level for larger dogs. Their hours are 6am-9pm, 7 days a week.

    Fresh Pond Reservation Dog Park

    A border collie swimming in a pond at a dog park.

    As the name implies, there is indeed a pond where your pup can swim. Dogs are allowed at Little Fresh Pond and Black’s Nook. One thing to be aware of is that dogs are required to have a Cambridge resident tag.

    This park is maintained by the Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation, who are committed to keeping the park and its ponds clean and healthy. Their address is 180-220 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge.

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