Dog Park (future)

Incase you missed it, below is the link to the Dog Park Public Meeting held on Wednesday October 28, 2020. Recorded by Government Channel. Click HERE for the Video

Dog Park Presentation Oct. 28, 2020 by Radner design associates

Dog Park Presentation

The Purpose of this project

In 2020, FramBARK, Radner Design Associates, City Council, the Mayor’s office and the City’s Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Division teamed up to create the first dog park within Framingham. This effort was started by a dedicated group of residents called FramBARK. The goal of this project is to provide residents with a safe, accessible, and enjoyable dog park. Follow along our journey from discussion to development.

Progress to Date

The City procured the services of Radner Design Associates to help with site identification, public outreach, design development, and grant support for this project. Radner Design Associates have been involved in other dog parks throughout the area and have been involved with this effort for a number of years. On October 28, 2020 at 7pm, the City hosted a public meeting focused on the potential sites for a dog park and received feedback from the community. 

We encourage you to continue submitting feedback and ideas on a future dog park by sending us an email, parks.recreation@framinghamma.gov. In addition, please feel free to contact our office during regular business hours at 508-532-5960.

Site Selection

There are several sites the team has reviewed in the past and is currently reviewing that would be well suited for this type of park.  We are also using a report generated by FramBARK that reviews possible sites as well. The sites of interest include Temple Street Park, and three locations along Dudley Road at Farm Pond Park. A property along Water Street, not under Parks & Rec jurisdiction, along with several other City facilities reviewed unfortunately did not provide the possibilities that the previous mentioned properties do.

As a result of the Public Hearing, community outreach, and continued feedback from residents, the two ideal locations for this park are Dudley Road South, and Dudley Road Pines. Temple Street Park is no longer an option for a future dog park. As such, we are developing conceptual renderings and plan on holding a future community meeting to provide those designs for review/comment. Please take our survey (open until November 24th) to provide your feedback. 

There are several priorities used to identify a location which include:
  • Proximity to neighbors
  • Access (vehicular and pedestrian)
  • Providing a minimum .5 acre park
  • Water Fountain access
  • Safety for park users (humans and dogs)
  • Future expansion possibilities
  • Shaded area
  • Unique location
  • Access to trails
  • Visibility
  • Parking (onsite and close by)
  • Additional amenities close by
  • Location within the City (easy to get to)
  • Several other considerations

Check back to this website as it will be periodically updated with more information as well as more ways to provide feedback on this important effort. We would love to hear your feedback and ideas.