The Boston neighborhood of Roxbury Crossing has existed since the 1630s, when one of the earliest settlements in the area was founded there. Roxbury Crossing and a collection of the nearby neighborhoods such as Brookline used to be independent settlements. Over time, other areas expanded, and Roxbury Crossing was swallowed up by the expanding city of Boston. This packed urban area is well served by the communities around it; though there aren’t any vets inside Roxbury Crossing limits, there are dozens in the Boston area ready to help animals in need.
If you and your dog are spending some time in Roxbuxy Crossing, treat yourselves to a meal at Lilly's Gourmet Pasta Express, where casual and succulent Italian food can be served at an outdoor table.
If you need to stretch your legs and work off that meal, head to Ramsay Park. This simple urban park is a green oasis in a packed city neighborhood. Your dog will love walking on the grass and watching all the people pass to and fro!
Roxbury Crossing was a small town that became an important neighborhood. Both human and canine residents and visitors will enjoy the community touches that make the area so special.
Madison Park High is the place to go for a quick walk in Roxbury Crossing. This park is mainly geared towards sports fields. There are grass and turf football fields, as well as a set of basketball courts. These courts are perfect for playing, but when they’re not in us,e are also a fine place to walk your dog. Even if the fields are taken, the size of the park is great for walking laps. Set a brisk pace and you could cover ground, turning a 20 minute double-loop of the park into great exercise for you and your dog.
The Kevin W. Fitzgerald Park in the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston is a one minute drive from Roxbury Crossing. It’s a beautiful, well maintained 5.5 acre park that’s great for getting lost in. Bring a picnic to eat with your dog on the expansive lawns, or just bring the water bowl and hit the trails. This park has the space to make you feel like you’ve left the urban crawl, even though you’re still in the heart of a busy residential and academic neighborhood. Shy dogs might prefer Back Of The Hill Urban Wild, a less frequented green space in the Mission Hill neighborhood instead.
Highland Park is located within the Boston neighborhood also called Highland Park, and is only four minutes from Roxbury Crossing by car. The park is mostly grassy fields and walking paths that circle Fort Hill Tower. There are great photo ops of this local landmark from the park! Your dog will love rooting through the grass, and you will love that you don’t have to go far to get him to work off steam. Dogs should stay leashed in the park. You’re also going to need to bring your own water and doggie bowl with you, as this park is light on amenities.
The Boston neighborhood of Washington Park North is a six minute drive from Roxbury Crossing, and home to the Malcom X Park. This large, fairly new park is perfect for a quick walk. A good portion of the park is given over to sports fields. There is also a community pool on the grounds, as well as a community center. What dogs will love is in the back of the park, where paths wind through a small, wooded area. These paths make a web through the trees that gives you the illusion of being far from the city, With lots of interesting smells and new paths to walk, your dog will love it.
Riverway Island in neighboring Brookline is the place to go for off leash fun near Roxbury Crossing. It’s just a 9 minute drive from the heart of Roxbury Crossing, and it has an amazing park called Brookline Avenue Playground. This fully fenced park has off leash hours for dogs in the early morning and late evening; the hours are posted around the park for reference, and are seasonal. Even if you can’t make the off leash hours, the park is a great place to bring your dog. It’s so pupular with dog lovers that they might make a new friend!