The city of Arlington sure does spoil its resident dogs! With several parks featuring off leash hours in the early morning hours, there's even a furbulous dog park where dogs can romp freely all day! You'll find the dog park and one of the off leash areas at the lovely Thorndike Field.
First, let's hit the dog park! fully fenced, this pupperdise features two separated enclosures for big and small puppers. The small dog area is in the southeast corner of the dog park, with both sections featuring double-gated entries. In the big dog area, a large tree in the center provides lots of shade, and is surrounded by wooden benches for pet pawrents to relax while the dogs get their play on! A pea gravel covering is easy on the paws, and helps dogs in the icy winter.
Even if your dog isn't thrilled by romping with other furiendly canines, they are sure to want to check out the agility equipment. While the small dog area features a small tunnel, the big dog section offers a wooden ramp, a concrete set of stairs, and a couple of larger tunnels. There are also multiple water fountains for people and pups alike, helping keep everyone hydrated. The fountains are turned off during the winter, so be sure to bring your own water during these months. And with plenty of clean-up bags and trash cans, it's easy to always pick up after your pup.
Best of all, if you arrive early, you can take advantage of Thorndike Field's off leash hours! Throughout the year, from 6 AM to 9 AM, dogs can run off leash in the open field area, just be sure they are good under voice command and are always picked up after. Off leash hours end earlier at 8:30 AM on Saturdays and Sundays from April to June, and again from September to November 15th.
To enjoy the dog park and off leash area, your dog should be fully vaccinated and licensed, and wearing appropriate tags on their collars. A parking area is by the by the fields, just a short walk from the dog park, and offer a porta-potty for the humans in your pack.
And if your dog is still wiggling, leash them up and hop on the Minuteman Bikeway Trail that passes right by the dog park. Stretching for 10 miles, whichever way you head, you're pup will be sure to be snoozing on the way home.
So, no more bored looks from your dog! Take them for a romp at the furbulous Thorndike Dog Park today!