Doggos living in Brookline are lucky pups indeed, for they have the Green Dog Program. This furbulous citywide program allows registered dogs to run off leash in many of the city's green spaces and parks during certain hours. Green Dogs in the Emerson Gardens neighborhood can visit the Daniel F. Ford Park at Emerson Garden, a lovely greenspace right in the middle of a residential area.
Surrounded by families and a gathering place for the community, this park features a children's playground and spray park, open grassy areas, and landscaped trees and shrubs giving an ornamental feel. Best of all, the space is part of the Green Dog Program. Your dog can visit anytime on leash, but between dawn and 9 AM everyday, your dog can ditch the leash and run free, under your voice control of course. And with most of the park fenced around the perimeter, save at the entrances, its comes with a measure of peace of mind too.
There is plenty of room for your dog to run around here, and you can also play a good game of fetch. Bring along clean-up bags and always clean up after your dog to keep this park a green dog space. You should bring along some fresh water and a portable bowl to keep your dog hydrated.
To be able to legally run free during Green Dog hours, your dog should be registered in the program. The annual fee for residents is $100, while non-residents can participate for $150. This will get you a Green Dog tag which should be worn for a year when visiting any of the Green Dog Program parks throughout the city. If you are just passing through, no worries, for you an get a permit for 2 days for $5, or for a week for $10. Dogs should also be vaccinated and licensed too.
Hang out on a bench while your pup explores, or chase them through the trees- whatever you choose to do, your pup will love a visit to the Daniel F. Ford Park at Emerson Garden.