Larz Anderson Park
from March through November and dawn until dusk from December through February. Visit Website
Or call (617) 879-5650 for more information.
- AllanDec. 31, 2019Great open area for your dog to run around and burn off some energy
The off-leash area comprises part of the park at the highest point near the ice rink. The whole park is *not* off-leash, and the area that is is not fenced in. Decent recall is a must. There are occasional times when the site is closed to dogs for events or maintenance.
As noted in the main description, visitors also have have to pay to use the space. Rates as of this writing are $5 for 2 days, $10 for a week. You’ll need to send in copies of relevant license and vaccination paperwork online, and you get a temporary permit in return.
All that said, if you are only stopping by once, I’d say skip the hassle, let the dog have fun, and be prepared to bow out gracefully if challenged. Lots of space for running, and additional areas for on-leash walks. If you do get a pass, note that it is also good at about a dozen other locations in Brookline.
While I’d gladly pay a fee for upkeep if a regular user, I do wish that governments could see their way clear to extending free courtesy permits to visitors, along with presentation of vaccination paperwork if asked by park staff. Really - it’s just showing the kind of (very low-cost) generosity you would hope to experience if you were travelling. (Rant over.)