We have worked alongside Mayor Sullivan’s office to create a proposal to build two adjacent fenced-in areas within the Pond Meadow Park Grounds intended to function as an off-leash dog park for well-behaved canine citizens to socialize and exercise. Read all about the long process we went through to determine that this was the best location within Braintree here.
The area we have identified as the most promising placement is located on the Braintree side of Pond Meadow in the woods near the Gazebo and the overflow parking area. The exact shape and placement will be identified further along in the design process in coordination with the Pond Meadow Board.
We plan to construct a natural canopy dog park, which means we will leave as many trees in place as possible, an example of which is the Randolph Dog Park pictured below. For our dog park, we are aiming to give it a similar feel to the Pond Meadow Picnic Area also pictured below.
To create this type of natural canopy park, the focus of removal is on the underbrush and small growth trees, while the large growth trees remain in place. The images below depict a few of the small growth and large growth trees currently located within the proposed spot.
There is likely to be some grading required, however we will not know the full extent until exact placement is determined. The park will have to be covered in one of the Stanton Foundation recommended ground covers, which could be a type of wood chip or mulch that is routinely refreshed to maintain the natural feel of the surrounding environment.
OTHER IMPORTANT location CONSIDERATIONS
The closest residences to this location are more than 300 ft away and protected from noise/sight pollution by a hill. Not only do we have dog park members who live adjacent to the park helping us with our efforts, but they have reached out to their neighbors on our behalf and we have responded to their feedback. We look forward to continuing the conversation to ensure all abutters concerns are heard and addressed to the fullest extent possible.
There will be a natural (trees/shrubs) buffer to the road/walking path as to minimize the effect on other patrons of Pond Meadow Park. This buffer may potentially be 30-50’ thick. The intent will be to hide or nearly hide the dog park in the forest. The image below was taken from inside of the proposed dog park location looking out toward the main walking path to demonstrate this potential buffer zone.
The two fenced in areas will total 1.5 acres, which is less than 0.5% of the total 320 acres of Pond Meadow.
Dogs will only be off leash within the two dog parks. There will be double-gated entry with high fences surrounding the designated area, so no off leash dogs will be running around the rest of Pond Meadow Park.
A natural buffer (trees shrubs) will be maintained and potentially augmented to minimize noise/sight pollution from Route 3.
There is currently a 10’ fence separating Pond Meadow Park from Route 3 which will remain in place. In the event that a dog does get out of one of the dog parks, that fence will prevent the animal from running onto the highway.
- Separate Small & Large Dog Fenced-In Play Areas (0.5 acre for small, 1 acre for large)
- Double-Gated Entrances
- Tall fences to ensure high jumpers can’t escape the dog park
- Water Stations or Spigots
- Shaded Areas
- Poop Bag Station & Waste Receptacles
- ADA Compliant