Picture of Medway Off Leash Dog Park, a dog friendly attraction in Boston, MA.
Medway Off Leash Dog Park
Picture of Medway Off Leash Dog Park, a dog friendly attraction in Boston, MA.
Picture of Medway Off Leash Dog Park, a dog friendly attraction in Boston, MA.
Picture of Medway Off Leash Dog Park, a dog friendly attraction in Boston, MA.
Medway Off Leash Dog Park

Description

The Medway Dog Park was an idea conceived by Tim Dumas who, at that time, was 15 years old, a resident of Medway and a dog lover. Tim recognized that because of tough leash laws, dogs in Medway had no place to go to get the exercise they really need. Tim's dream was to build a park where dogs could run free, unleashed, and not be in violation of the Town's leash law. Tim planned to make this a community service project to complete a requirement for him to advance in rank to Eagle Scout. Tim undertook the research and planning all the details for such a facility. After much planning, he sought approvals from the various town boards and received unanimous approval from the Medway Board of Selectmen in the fall of 2001. With support from his family and friends, Tim undertook the laborious task of gathering materials and enlisting volunteers. His father, Gary Dumas, assisted Tim by helping him manage and coordinate this enormous project. They discovered many local businesses, organizations, and citizens in Medway extremely willing to offer their services and financial support for the Medway Dog Park. Tim's plans included the preservation a piece of Medway history by protecting the historical landmark at the park. Permission was granted by the Medway Parks Commissioners and the Medway Board of Selectmen to allow Tim to back fill a stone foundation with sand to prevent further erosion and collapse. The top stone layer of the foundation remains in view. This foundation marks the site of the home of Medway's first settler, Henry Garnsey, circa 1700. The stone foundation is fenced in to further preserve the site. Adjacent is a three sided wooden structure which serves as a message board and an emergency storm shelter from the elements while at the park. Tim also wanted to include a monument to Medway residents. "The Star Spangled Banner" now waves at the intersection of Village and Cottage Streets in a memorial park for noteworthy town residents. Two plaques commemorate those who have served in the fire and police departments. The hard work of this young man has paid off because now, thanks to the hard work of Tim Dumas, the residents of Town of Medway can enjoy the Medway Dog Park along with their dogs.

Reviews

BringFido Traveler Rating

Medway Off Leash Dog Park has received a rating of 2.4 out of 5 bones by 7 dog owners on BringFido.

  • More than one year ago.
    Great space - permit no longer required

    Some of the reviews here misrepresent the park, negatively reviewing it based on the person issuing the park permits. Medway dog park no longer requires a permit, all dogs are welcome! I bring my pup regularly and we always have a great time! Generally there has been at least one other dog present when we have visited, and it's especially busy on Saturday and Sunday, with all the pups playing together! Everyone is very friendly and conscientious of keeping the park clean and safe, and there is lots of room for dogs of all breeds and sizes to roam and play! One of our favourite parks!

  • More than one year ago.
    Not neutered

    We are going to bring a Golden pup into our lives and I was looking forward to going back to the Medway dog park where I brought my Jake many years ago. I was very disappointed to find that putting your dog at significant health risk is a requirement of getting a license. We will NOT be neutering our dog after reading the extensive research on the significant negative health consequences of it. We are more than happy to take complete responsibility of our dog. It would make sense to say that owners shouldn't bring their dogs when in heat rather than require dangerous surgery.

  • More than one year ago.
    Ms

    I think this is a great dog park. I have never been asked for a permit nor have I seen anyone else be asked. There are places to sit, shady areas, the whole place is covered with wood chips and the area is ample for active dogs to let loose. I wish there were a fenced, off-leash park like this closer to home.

  • More than one year ago.
    Permit Required

    Must have a permit. Dog officer who issues the permits was informative but abrasive. If your town does not have a dog officer for her to contact regarding your dog's personality and history, your application will not be approved. I was really interested in the small dog section too, though I heard from a few people that it can get overcrowded. Bummer.

  • More than one year ago.
    Permit Required

    Must have a permit. Dog officer who issues the permits was informative but abrasive. If your town does not have a dog officer for her to contact regarding your dog's personality and history, your application will not be approved. I was really interested in the small dog section too, though I heard from a few people that it can get overcrowded. Bummer.

  • More than one year ago.
    beware

    The locals here can be a pain in the ass, disrespectful, bad dog owners

  • More than one year ago.
    More than meets the needs

    A wonderful place to bring the dog! With plenty of shade, mulch, dog waste bags and both a large and small dog section this dog park is perfect for local residents.
    If you want to see my full review check out my short video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rx16EsXiPe8

    http://www.NewEnglandDogNews.com has full reviews of other off leash dog parks in RI and MA along with any information a dog owner needs!

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