Dog Park

Project Status: Design Phase

Special Announcement: Framingham Awarded $23,426 Stanton Foundation Grant to Begin Development of City’s First Dog Park. Click Here for official press release.

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Dog Park community Meetings

Date Links
Wed. Dec. 30, 2020 Video of Meeting Recorded by Government Channel
Wed. Oct. 28, 2020 Video of Meeting Recorded by Government Channel
Thurs. June 10, 2021 Video of Meeting Recorded by Government Channel

Dog Park Presentation Oct. 28, 2020 by Radner design associates

Dog Park Presentation

The Purpose of this project

In 2020, FramBARK, Radner Design Associates, City Council, the Mayor’s office and the City’s Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs Division teamed up to create the first dog park within Framingham. This effort was started by a dedicated group of residents called FramBARK. The goal of this project is to provide residents with a safe, accessible, and enjoyable dog park. Follow along our journey from discussion to development.

Progress to Date 

The City procured the services of Radner Design Associates to help with site identification, public outreach, design development, and grant support for this project. Radner Design Associates have been involved in other dog parks throughout the area and have been involved with this effort for a number of years. On October 28, 2020 at 7pm, the City hosted its first community meeting focused on the potential sites for a dog park and received feedback from the community. So far there have been three community meetings focused on picking potential sites, gathering feedback from the community, developing a site plan including features both dogs and owners will love. These meetings were open to the public and can be viewed in the list above. Parks & Recreation staff continue to work closely with Radner Design Associates, members of FramBark, and other City Departments to pull this project together. 

We encourage you to continue submitting feedback and ideas on the future dog park by sending us an email, parks.recreation@framinghamma.gov. In addition, please feel free to contact our office during regular business hours at 508-532-5960.

Site Selection

There are several sites the team has reviewed in the past and is currently reviewing, that would be well suited for this type of park.  We are also using a report generated by FramBARK that reviews possible sites as well. The sites of interest include Temple Street Park, and three locations along Dudley Road at Farm Pond Park. A property along Water Street, not under Parks & Rec jurisdiction, along with several other City facilities reviewed unfortunately did not provide the possibilities that the previous mentioned properties do.

December 28, 2020 Update - Based on input from the local community, FramBARK, Framingham Parks & Recreation, and Radner Design Associates are pleased to announce Farm Pond South location as the most suitable site for Framingham's first Dog Park. Several sites were considered and reviewed by the community through the first public meeting and survey. The site chosen, Farm Pond South, is located on Dudley Road, across the street from Long's Athletic Complex, and just south of the Farm Pond Skate Park. This location will provide a combination of sun and shade, parking close by, rolling landscape, visibility and additional recreational amenities as well. 

There are several priorities used to identify a location which include:
  • Proximity to neighbors
  • Access (vehicular and pedestrian)
  • Providing a minimum .5 acre park
  • Water Fountain access
  • Safety for park users (humans and dogs)
  • Future expansion possibilities
  • Shaded area
  • Unique location
  • Access to trails
  • Visibility
  • Parking (onsite and close by)
  • Additional amenities close by
  • Location within the City (easy to get to)
  • Several other considerations

Check back to this website as it will be periodically updated with more information as well as more ways to provide feedback on this important effort. We would love to hear your feedback and ideas.