Picture of Fresh Pond Reservation Dog Park, a dog friendly attraction in Cambridge.
Picture of Fresh Pond Reservation Dog Park, a dog friendly attraction in Cambridge.
Picture of Fresh Pond Reservation Dog Park, a dog friendly attraction in Cambridge.
Picture of Fresh Pond Reservation Dog Park, a dog friendly attraction in Cambridge.
Picture of Fresh Pond Reservation Dog Park, a dog friendly attraction in Cambridge.


Cambridge resident pets are welcome to play off-leash at this lovely reservation. There are even two ponds where pets are permitted to take a swim! Dogs must stay off mowed lawns and most paved trails.


BringFido Guest Rating

Fresh Pond Reservation Dog Park has received a rating of 3.9 out of 5 bones by 7 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Dec. 31, 2019
    *Looks* like a great place to take your pup, but…

    A few others have talked about the fact that this is for local residents only, and there are varying opinions on enforcement. I won’t weigh in on that, since I never got that far.

    Noting that BringFido is primarily a travel site, I’ll assume that many readers are coming from away. If you can walk to the park, then by all means, go ahead and roll the dice on taking your non-resident dog in. If, however, you arrive by car, any convenient parking is also resident-only. Having an out of state plate is pretty much a red flag for enforcement. I met a very nice local dog owner, who welcomed me, but also assured me that my car would be ticketed if I left it there. I chose to go to Larz Anderson park in Brookline. Not nearby, but far more welcoming!

    Thanks to the person who warned me, and I’m passing it on to others. If you are in a clearly non-resident vehicle, you’ll need to find somewhere awkward to park, or give this park a pass.

  • More than a year ago
    Dog Park not fully open to public

    Refer to the Former Resident Review titled 'not a dog park' for official rules and regulations. I will say those rules are RARELY enforced. Within 30 days, of going twice a week, I was only acknowledged by a patrol car and was stopped by a warden in the Kingesly park area to leash my dog because I was not a resident. The pond is open to the public and a great place to let your dog cool off and run free!

  • More than a year ago
    Wonderful walk

    I only just started taking my dog here and so far it has been wonderful. While I have seen police in cars patrol the circuit, it appears to be more for general safety than policing dogs. Nearly the whole walk is shaded and while the paved part is less nice than the dirt part, the whole walk is beautiful.

  • More than a year ago
    Great Place to Walk Your Dig

    I walk my dog at Fresh Pond a lot and we love it! It is about 2.5 miles around so it is a good walk or run for your dog. It is really great in the winter (especially last winter) because it is plowed, there is parking, and the city does not use salt (because it is the city's water supply). My pup and I spent many an hour there last winter.

  • More than a year ago
    Good area

    The review complaining about dogs being checked, must be old or outdated. We have been here many times and have never been stopped and never seen one of these "wardens" that he speaks about. We love this park as there are many dogs running/walking around the pond (about 2.5 miles). There is a section that is unpaved (dirt) and easier on the pads of our corgi. It is a good length and we generally let him run up and down this area.

  • More than a year ago
    Not a dog park

    I lived in Cambridge for 10+ years. Fresh Pond is not a dog park, it is a multi-use area. Only dogs with Cambridge dog licenses are allowed off leash--all other dogs must be leashed. Additionally, parking is for Cambridge residents only, and ticketing is aggressive.

    While dogs are allowed to swim in the pond, and there is quite a nice area for this, dogs are generally otherwise not allowed off the paved trails. The park is patrolled by wardens who will check for tags and tell you to leash your dog (Cambridge resident or not) if it is running on grass or through the trees/bushes.

    At certain times you will find the trails overrun by local track teams, who generally do not make way for walkers.

  • More than a year ago
    disable veteran dog lover

    I live about five minutes walk from reservation and did not know this when I moved here about four years ago. I am a disable veteran and have a chihuahua terrier mix and me and Sheldon love the reservation park, I tell my friends I am the luckiest guy to have this to go to and my wife loves it as well very, very much. Park ranger there is very nice and helpful I wish I could remember her name. Well kept, clean and you meet the nicest people there, Sheldon met a buddy their and we have play dates and now new friends.I am starting a dog walking business for this area. Tel #978-994-8351

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