After years of talk and some delay due to COVID-19, Pittsfield's dog park is finally happening!

With the City of Pittsfield’s new dog park expected to open this summer, the city is seeking volunteers to join a new group, Friends of the Pittsfield Dog Park, which will help to support the park’s goals for all users.

The dog park, which will be located within Burbank Park, near the Valentine Road entrance, will be a fenced-in, off-leash area where well-behaved dogs can exercise, run free, and socialize in a clean, safe environment without endangering people, property, or wildlife.

Becky Manship, the city’s Recreation and Special Events Coordinator, said the group will be an important component of the park’s success.

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“It is important to establish a ‘Friends of’ group to foster a sense of community and ongoing support for this project,” said Manship. “Volunteers will be the eyes and ears of the park on a regular basis, assist in maintaining a clean and safe park space, and communicate with city staff on any issues or recommendations to improve the park.”

Volunteers do not have to be residents of Pittsfield. For those interested in becoming a member of the Friends of the Pittsfield Dog Park or are seeking additional information, please call 413- 499-9371 or email parks@cityofpittsfield.org

FUN FACTS:

Every morning around 6:50 a.m., we announce the dog of the day and put your dog's photo up on our Facebook page (chosen at random).

Every Wednesday around 8:30 a.m., you can hear John Perrault from the Berkshire Humane Society talk to us about the pet of the week, as well.

REMINDER: As spring arrives in The Berkshires, it is that time again.

The annual licensing period for dogs in the City of Pittsfield begins April 1. All dogs 6 months or older must be licensed.

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