Dogs-Legal Off Leash and Shared Use Parks
In 2005, the City began a process to look at open space opportunities for dogs and their owners while also considering the wider community’s open space needs; field conditions and maintenance; school and athletic use; historically sensitive areas; potential rules and regulations; and examples from other similar cities. Both shared use options as well as opportunities for dedicated off leash spaces in Cambridge were explored. Open spaces were considered that:
- Were relatively underutilized at the time
- Met certain size requirements
- Not a part of school grounds
- Not heavily used and scheduled athletic facilities
- Contributed to achieving geographic distribution of off leash opportunities throughout the City
See the map for new designated areas in Cambridge where dogs are allowed to run without a leash:
Cocoran Park(6:00am - 9:00am) located at the corner of Walden Street and Raymond Street. This park is partially fenced in with several open gates.
Danehy Park located at 99 Sherman Street near Garden and New Street has a leash free zone with mutt mitt dispensers and trash barrels available.
Fort Washington (6:00am - 9:00am) located on 101 Waverly Street between Erie Street and Putnam Avenue is described as a shared use park, is not fenced in, with a mutt mitt dispenser and trash barrels outside the park. Check signs at the park for hours of operation.
Pacific Street Park located at the corner of Pacific Street and Sydney Street has a fenced in area with mutt mitt dispenser and trash barrels available. Currently under construction for improvements. Anticipated completion is summer 2016. Learn more.
Fresh Pond Reservation (6:00am - 9:00am)allows dog's to run off leash (not on mowed grassy areas) with some restrictions. There are mutt mitt dispensers and trash barrels throughout the area.
Gold Star Mother's Park (6:00am - 9:00am) located on Gore Street.
Green-Rose Heritage Park(6:00am - 9:00am) located on Harvard Street between Windsor Street and Moore Street. There is no fenced in area, so please monitor your dogs closely.
Hoyt Field (6:00am - 9:00am)located off of Western Avenue from Gilmore Street or Montague Street. This park is partially fenced in with several open gates.
Joan Lorentz Park (8:00am - 10:00am)located in front the Cambridge Public Library on Broadway between Felton Street and Ellery Street. This park is not fenced in, so please monitor your dogs closely.
Please check with the management of these sites for more information. Learn more about the City's Shared Use possibilities. At all other parks, the City ordinance on leash control applies. And of course, dog walkers are required to pick up dog waste at all sites.
Learn more about rules and etiquette related to dogs in parks. Learn more about proper waste disposal in our brochure, After Your Pet Goes, Where Does it Go?
Irresponsible dog owners
You may contact the Animal Commission at (617) 349-4376. Although the number of Animal Control Officers is limited, they may be able to place special patrol emphasis at certain parks as needed, in an effort to educate people on existing regulations.