…dotted by Meghann
As the owners of a border collie/cattle dog mix who needs LOTS of excercise, knowing the ebb & flow of our local dog parks is pretty much a necessity for the sanity of everyone in our household. One of the first things we did when we moved here was to head online to track down where to go for friendly canine “playdates”, where to find a dogwalker/dogsitter, et al…but the lack of information was so frustrating that we were reduced to rolling down our windows and calling across streets when we saw people out walking their pooches. It was not cool.
In order to save others from the red-faced prospect of begging complete strangers for their inside info, here’s a run-down of some of Dorchester’s most popular doggie meet-and-greet areas.
Time to Congregate: All day
Getting There: There are parking lots at PJP Park and another off of Hilltop Street — across from the Martin playground.
Overall Vibe: Primarily paths where dogs should be leashed (because of large numbers of people running/walking/biking by throughout the day) but there are a couple of open fields where we’ve seen people playing fetch.
Type: Paths & open areas.
Time to Congregate: Early morning (around 10 AM on weekends) and evening though you’ll probably run into a dog or two anytime of the day.
Getting There: Dogs & owners tend to congregate by the baseball field most easily accessed by parking on Dorchester Avenue and walking down the paths.
Overall Vibe: Dogs tend to be leashed on the paths but are able to run and congregate at the baseball field. And we’ve heard rumors about fun weekend “Happy Hour”-style evening romps…complete with cocktail shakers.
3.) Garvey Playground:
Type: Primarily leashed sniffn’ pee.
Time to Congregate: Early morning & evening
Getting There: Easily accessed by either Morrissey Blvd or Neponset Ave.
Overall Vibe: It’s pretty low-key; dogs tend to be leashed…although there are the occasional ball-and-frisbee crazed canines about as well.
4.) Tenean Beach:
Type: Beach & water.
Time to Congregate: Early morning
Getting There: Just off of Tenean St. which can be accessed b Morrissey Blvd heading North.
Overall Vibe: Good place for an early morning beach/water game of fetch; there are never a ton of dogs so there’s plenty of room to romp.
5.) Victory Park:
Type: Paths, open areas & water.
Time to Congregate: All day.
Getting There: Parking lot is accessed off of Victory road (accessible from Morrissey Blvd NORTH) and exit 13 off of 93 North)
Overall Vibe: A popular dog haven with open areas and easy water access right near the famous gas tank. People & dogs tend to congregate in the open field towards the southern tip of the“island” and it’s a fun atmosphere (rumors of “Happy Hour” style late afternoon romps abound here as well). Beware the trips at low tide…the smell can be strong and it will cling to your dog!
6.) Malibu Beach:
Type: Beach& water.
Time to Congregate: Early morning/evening though there will likely be 1-2 dogs there at any given time of the day.
Overall Vibe: Good place for an early morning beach/water game of fetch; primarily leashed on the beach and paths.