Why Build a Dog Park?
- Dog parks are valuable community amenities, like other recreation facilities. 25%of Brewster households own dogs.
- Dog parks provide a place for dogs to exercise in a safe location, and for dog-owners to socialize.
- Parks allow people to learn helpful dog management strategies from each other.
Brewster Dog Park Status
- In 2013, Brewster dog owners requested a dog park and the Dog Park Development Committee was established. It evaluated a number of potential sites.
- The Select Board approved the location in 2017. The dog park will be built on town-owned land conveniently located behind the Police Station at 631 Harwich Road.
- The Stanton Foundation awarded Brewster a $25,000 park design grant, and another grant of up to $225,000 for construction. Additional post construction grants ($22,500) are available to Brewster.
- The Berkshire Design Group created design proposals and community input was provided at public meetings in 2018.
- Construction bids received in the Spring and Fall 2019 were deemed too high. Project was re-bid in 2021 at a slightly lower price tag.
- The Community Preservation Committee has supported $185k and the Friends of Brewster Dog Park, Inc., $50k for construction costs and other expenses not covered by the Stanton grant. Agway of Cape Cod and Nauset Disposal have made significant in kind contributions pledges.
- CPC funds need approval at the Spring town meeting before contract award.
The Dog Park Development Committee, is charged with the following:
- Determine the need for an off-leash dog park.
- Explore, discuss and evaluate suitable locations for an off-leash dog park
- Address the amenities necessary for a fully functional dog park
- The Committee currently meets via Zoom as posted on the Town Calendar. The public is invited to attend. In person meetings will resume when permitted.
- Note: 2018 Town of Brewster Vision Plan identified a dog park as a way to create recreational opportunities on town properties.
Proposed Brewster Dog Park design features:
- 2 play areas: one for small dogs and one for large dogs
- Double-gated park entrance
- Shade areas (retaining select trees)
- Water stations
- Paved pathways affording accessibility
- Play mounds
- Designated parking with expansion possibilities
- Signs with rules and policies
- Dog waste bag dispensers and waste receptacles
- Educational Opportunities
Helpful information when visiting a dog park.
- Have realistic expectations about your dog’s suitability for going to a dog park.
- Before your take you dog into a dog park, spend a few minutes watching the other dogs and how they are playing.
- If your dog has never been around other dogs – don’t go to a dog park.
- Introduce your dogs to other dogs gradually.
- Be careful entering the gate. Dogs must be on leash outside the park and unleashed when they pass through the gate.
- Be particularly watchful of small dogs around big dogs.
- Supervise your dog at all times. You are SOLELY responsible for injuries and damage caused by your dog.
- Pick up after your dog.
- Please do not congregate near gate area.
The Stanton Foundation awarded Brewster a $25,000 grant to design the dog park and an additional $225,000 toward construction costs. Additional post construction grants are available for approximately $22,500!
The Friends of Brewster Dog Park, Inc.
The Friends of Brewster Dog Park, Inc., is a public charity 501(c)(3) non-profit group that is dedicated to assisting the town to build, operate, maintain and provide stewardship for the Brewster Dog Park. Their goal is to provide a safe, year-round, handicapped accessible, beautiful dog park, open to the public free of charge; a place where our community of dogs (and dog people) can play, stretch their legs and socialize with other four-legged friends and people.
- Volunteers and stewards will be needed to help keep the park a great place to visit. Please consider joining the volunteer team.
If interested in volunteering or supporting the Friends of Brewster Dog Park, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org