Riley and I go to dog parks just about everyday. I never really thought about how a park is run, or how it is even established as a ”dog park” until recently. The Bark Park that was just opened in South Boston had it’s annual meeting recently, so I got to hear a little about what needed to be done in order to keep the park going. The meeting was to vote for who would be a part of the Committees for the park (I never knew a dog park even needed a committee). But, you learn something new everyday!
These Committees include, Fundraising, Financial, Membership, Rules, Site and Governance. Each part has its specific duty in helping to make sure the park runs smoothly. The most important part of the meeting I thought was that the land is leased from the state, so if the park isn’t maintained well and if the rules are not followed, the state can take the land back and make it into something other than a dog park. However, if state is pleased with the way the park is being run then they may give more land to expand the park. So if you visit the park, make sure to follow all the rules and help clean up after your pup. Dog parks are super important, they keep our dogs exercised and socialized which we are all fans of!
1600 Columbia Rd
Boston, MA 02127