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.



Off-Leash Areas & Hours

1. Old Cold Spring Park - Open

Dawn to Dusk –year round

Open field only– no off-leash dogs on the trails

Enter from the Beacon Street entrance

2. Newton Centre Playground – Open

Dawn to Noon-year round

20 dog off-leash limit at any one time

Enter from Centre St., Homer St., Tyler Terrace, Bowen St.

3. Cabot Park-Open

Year Round 7am-dusk

 Fenced area only

Enter from corner of  Newtonville Avenue & Eastside Parkway

4. Claflin Playground  - Open

Mon-Fri: 9am-3pm 

Sat-Sun: Dawn-1pm

Closed Dec 15-March 15

Enter from Lowell Ave

5. McGrath Park-  Open

Dawn-Dusk-year round

Fenced area by tennis courts only

Parking in P & R parking spaces only

Enter from Washington Street gate opening

6. Hunnewell Park -Open

Dawn to Dusk - year round

Fenced in area  only

Park & enter from New Balance   parking lot

7. Braceland Playground—Open

Open dawn-dusk—Closed Dec 15-March 15

Lower Tier –bottom of hill only

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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