Off Leash Recreation Program

The Off-Leash Recreation Program has been designed to meet the needs of the City’s dog owners who want off-leash time while sharing park space with other park users.  Sharing our parks helps us maximize the use and enjoyment we all receive from our open spaces.

Dogs – On a leash – are allowed anywhere in any of our parks, except for inside tot lots and Little League fields.  All dog owners are required to pick up their pet’s waste and dispose of it properly in the blue trash barrels.

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Off-Leash Recreation Specialist

General Duties and Responsibilities

 Reports to the Commissioner of Parks and Recreation and collaborates with the Police Department’s Animal Control Officer and the City’s Off-Leash Area Working Group (OLAWG). 

Travel throughout the City to all parks and other City-owned land to help monitor on- and off-leash activity in coordination with the Animal Control Officer. 

Help to educate and familiarize off-leash area users, park visitors and abutters with the Off-Leash Recreation Program.

Braceland Playground

Cabot Park

Claflin Playground

Hunnewell Park- (enter thru 145 Newton St, Boston-parking available)

McGrath Park

Newton Center Playground

Old Cold Spring Park

Before you go to the Park

  • License your dog and make sure vaccinations are current. Put license and identification on dog’s collar.
  • Resident/Non-resident off-leash medallion must be worn by the dog.
  • Professional Dog Walker medallion must be worn by the person responsible for the off-leash dogs . ID must be available upon request.  One medallion allows three dogs off-leash at a time. One medallion per person.
  • Make sure your dog is under voice control (dog responds to and obeys your verbal commands).
  • Find a park near you with off-leash hours.
  • Bring along your dog’s leash and bags for waste.

At the park:

  • Keep your dog on-leash until you are in the designated off-leash area.
  • Keep your leash on hand at all times.
  • Check for “Park Closed” signs, wet fields, crews working in the park, or permitted activities, all of which mean off-leash hours are suspended.
  • Pick up after your dog and encourage others to do the same.
  • Keep your dog in sight and under voice control at all times.
  • Be mindful of your dog. Many people do not like unfamiliar dogs approaching them, and only you know whether your dog is friendly to other people or dogs.
  • Enjoy some off-leash fun with your dog!
Permits may be obtained at Newton City Hall Clerks Office
City Hall-First Floor
1000 Commonwealth Ave, 02459.
Office Hours:
Monday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, 8:30 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Please bring with you:
Proof of Dog License
Proof of Current Rabies
Off Leash Brochure
Off Leash Permit Applicaton
Off Leash Dog Walkers Application




















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