- Menotomy Rocks is a great place to take your pup. Pro's: pond that pups
can cool off in, off leash hours in the morning, nice woods to walk
around in. Con's: pond gets a little funky towards the end of the
summer and it's a beautiful spot but not huge. Maybe takes 45 mins to
stroll the whole park. Still your pup will love it. There are also
community bulletin boards, trash cans, and a playground for the little
humans. Street parking on Jason St. in Arlington.
- Thorndike Dog Park- Arlington's Dog Group, A-Dog,
fought long and hard for this beautiful park. Great location on the
bike path. Pro's: Fenced in dog park with big tree in the middle so
there is shade. Fresh water available in warmer months and shoveled
gates in the colder ones. Dog owners galore texting on phones and
chatting with their neighbors. Lots of trash cans and bags for picking
up "presents". Con's: sometimes there is a crazy crowd like any dog
park. My pup doesn't love the pebbled substrate.
- Mystic River-
Follow the path on the Arlington or Medford side about 30 mins from
River St to Pleasant St and back. No trash cans. But lots of places
for your pup to sneak in a swim in the river. Not far from busy roads
so this only applies to pups that are spot on with recall.
- Alewife Greenway Bike Path- Across from the Thorndike Dog Park, there's a board
walk leading to a sandy path that follows Rt 16 towards Medford. Heads
to Dolby Field and Mystic Valley Parkway. Not as highly used as the
Minute Man Bike Path, more greenery, but pups still have to be comfortable with bikes, runners and other dogs passing in close proximity. Not many trash cans.
- The Res-
you can reach the res trail from the Minute Man bike path and Hurd Park or there
is parking on Lowell St. Dogs are allowed off leash on the Lexington
side but not allowed in the water. Arlington residents can swim in a section of the res during the summer so parking can be tight when they are open.
Everyone has neighborhood place to take their pup for a stroll. What's your favorite park?