Yes, the park has been providing a wonderful environment for people and their pets for fifteen years! We have seen thousands of visits and many friendships formed, puppies socialized, energetic dogs have a place to play- the park has become a popular public space where visitors from near and far enjoy scenic views of Dorchester Bay and the company of dogs and dog-friendly people.
Please remember we are self-managing and self-funded. So if you or others can help us raise the funds to maintain free poop bags, insurance, and trash pickup, we would appreciate it.
Thank you for your support!
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- Scott Holman, Boston Globe Sunday Magazine
Many forces influence social order- money, peer, fane, lineage, political leanings, and so on. The metrics of animals use are more difficult to discern, at least, to the casual observer. Size? Smell? Behavior?And how do they figure it out on the spot?
I have always been fascinated by this at dog parks, which are like canine social laboratories. What determines who chases whom? Why is one poor pup designated as the hunted? How can it be a single dog can leave or arrive and the whole dynamic shifts? I was watching and listening recently at the South Boston Bark Park, a nicely kept retreat right off Carson Beach. The motley crew included a Scottish Terrier in a Bruins get-up, a couple of Labs, a beagle, a West Highlands white terrier, and a few that looked like mutts. They barked, they growled, they mewled, and they tore across the pebbles after tennis balls as if their lives depended on it. Owners and dog walkers chatted near the fence, swapping stories like parents at the playground.
With a breeze coming off the ocean and a blue sky overhead, I thought to myself, these dogs could have it far worse.