Considered one of the most scenic parks in the greater Boston area, the Lanz Anderson Park Off-Leash Dog Area allows dogs off their leashes as part of Brookline’s Green Dog Program but keep in mind that this only applies to the Avon Hill area of the park, not the entire park. Dogs and their humans can enter the park from Avon Street, Newton Street or Goddard Avenue. Off-leash dogs are not allowed in the pond, garden area or the play area for the children.
You and your well-behaved pooch can enjoy a leisurely stroll in the afternoon and you can also let him loose so he can play with other dogs while you read a book, enjoy a snack, or even make some new friends. The 61-acre park has a lot of facilities. There are playgrounds, trails, a skating rink, a transportation museum, historic ruins, and many more so there are plenty of activities to indulge in but do remember the areas where dogs are absolutely prohibited to avoid trouble.
The park is shared with other people and with children too so dog owners are advised to pick up after their dogs and ensure that the park is clean. There are plenty of garbage cans so there is no excuse for leaving dog poop bags lying around. The area also offers abundant parking, so you do not need to worry if you want to drive instead of walk to the park.
There is a $50 annual fee for residents and a $100 fee for non-residents to be able to enter and use the Lanz Anderson Park Off-Leash Dog Area. However, if you only want to be at the park for a few days, you can obtain a day pass from the Brookline Town Clerk’s office. Fees help pay for cleanup and maintenance of Brookline parks.