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Larz Anderson Park

Leashed dogs are welcome year-round at Larz Anderson Park in Brookline, MA. This pet-friendly park features walking trails, ponds and gardens to explore. This park also offers off-leash hours from March through November between the hours of dawn and 1:00 PM in the unfenced area at the top of the hill on the Avon Street side of the park. Dogs must be registered with the Green Dog Program for these off-leash privileges. Fido must be leashed throughout the remainder of the park at all times and any day or time outside of the designated off-leash hours. Visit Website

Or call (617) 879-5650 or email greendog@brooklinema.gov for more information.


BringFido Guest Rating

Larz Anderson Park has received a rating of 4.0 out of 5 bones by 1 canine critic on BringFido.

  • Allan
    Dec 31, 2019
    Great 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.)

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