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Boston’s 15 best dog parks, mapped

Runs in Cambridge and Somerville are also included in this map that gives points for fountains and other features

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It’s the ideal time of year to head outside with Fido, Rover, etc., for extended periods. And what better places to head to than toward one of the region’s more inviting dog runs.

Herein are the Boston area’s 15 best parks and public spaces for dogs. Curbed Boston readers—who are also, presumably, dog owners—nominated many of those included.

Many score points not only for a relaxed attitude toward leashes but for such accouterments as obstacles and fountains.

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Giacobbe Dog Run

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This enclosed, off-lease area was previously known as the Pemberton Street Dog Run.

Danehy Park

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The dog run here is within a 50-acre urban oasis.

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Nunziato Field

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The dog run here includes plenty of benches. Why should you have to run too?

Zero New Washington Street

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This run includes obstacles for the pooches and a gazebo for the humans.

Bremen Street Park

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The dog park in this larger greensward opened in 2015.

It includes a section for big dogs and one for the tinier pups.

Paul Revere Park

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Dogs can run free—and often do—in this park in the shadow of the Zakim Bridge.

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North Point Park

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The 8.5-acre spot with fantastic views allows dogs off-leash.

Just be aware of the lack of a fence in some places.

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Pacific Street Park

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According to the City of Cambridge, a dedicated off-leash space is located here at Tudor Street between Pacific and Sidney streets.

Mansfield Street Dog Park

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The fenced-in expanse for off-leash romping has benches for owners.

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Boston Common

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America's oldest public park, and the neighboring Public Garden, allow dogs to run free during certain hours (see website).

As far as leashed canines, they’re welcome any time.

Carleton Court

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The fenced-in run is mostly concrete—which can be a good thing if you'd don't want Rover covered in dirt in the end.

Peters Park

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Peters Park includes one of the best-known, fenced-in dog runs in Boston proper.

East First Street Dog Park

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This quarter-acre pooch paradise opened in 2016, complete with a doggie fountain and canine exercise equipment.

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South Boston Bark Park

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This expansive dog run is in barking distance of M Street Beach.

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Ronan Park

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The park includes a 6,000-square-foot dog run and a doggie fountain.

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Giacobbe Dog Run

This enclosed, off-lease area was previously known as the Pemberton Street Dog Run.

Danehy Park

Ting Fang/Shutterstock

The dog run here is within a 50-acre urban oasis.

Ting Fang/Shutterstock

Nunziato Field

The dog run here includes plenty of benches. Why should you have to run too?

Zero New Washington Street

This run includes obstacles for the pooches and a gazebo for the humans.

Bremen Street Park

The dog park in this larger greensward opened in 2015.

It includes a section for big dogs and one for the tinier pups.

Paul Revere Park

Vaclav Jirousek/Shutterstock

Dogs can run free—and often do—in this park in the shadow of the Zakim Bridge.

Vaclav Jirousek/Shutterstock

North Point Park

Jon Bilous/Shutterstock

The 8.5-acre spot with fantastic views allows dogs off-leash.

Just be aware of the lack of a fence in some places.

Jon Bilous/Shutterstock

Pacific Street Park

According to the City of Cambridge, a dedicated off-leash space is located here at Tudor Street between Pacific and Sidney streets.

Mansfield Street Dog Park

Caitlin E./Yelp

The fenced-in expanse for off-leash romping has benches for owners.

Caitlin E./Yelp

Boston Common

America's oldest public park, and the neighboring Public Garden, allow dogs to run free during certain hours (see website).

As far as leashed canines, they’re welcome any time.

Carleton Court

The fenced-in run is mostly concrete—which can be a good thing if you'd don't want Rover covered in dirt in the end.

Peters Park

Peters Park includes one of the best-known, fenced-in dog runs in Boston proper.

East First Street Dog Park

Massport/Twitter

This quarter-acre pooch paradise opened in 2016, complete with a doggie fountain and canine exercise equipment.

Massport/Twitter

South Boston Bark Park

Maureen D./Yelp

This expansive dog run is in barking distance of M Street Beach.

Maureen D./Yelp

Ronan Park

The park includes a 6,000-square-foot dog run and a doggie fountain.