The Friends of

Gloucester Dog Park Board

  • ​Lori Viator, Chair
  • Tom Schauer, Treasurer
  • Amanda Snee, Secretary
  • Heather Johnson
  • Michael Perrine
  • Patty Hecht
  • Michael Orie
  • Kara McLean Green
  • Travis Siewers 

About Us:

The Friends of Gloucester Dog Park is an all-volunteer group of local residents who worked hard to build this park and continuing to work maintain this great facility.  The City of Gloucester allowed us to build the park on an unused area in Stage Fort Park, but the cost of building and maintaining the park was on the dog-loving community.  

Our Goals:

  • To maintain the Gloucester Dog Park, a fenced in, off-leash place where well-behaved dogs can exercise, run free and socialize in a clean, safe environment without endangering people, property or wildlife.  The park supplements other leashed and off-leash dog friendly areas and not replace them.
  • To develop an environmentally-conscious & well-maintained space, open to all dog lovers, friends and visitors who are willing to uphold the park's rules and promote a safe recreational experience
  • To run this park as a community project, in partnership with the City of Gloucester, designed to help satisfy the recreational needs of dog-guardians and non-guardians alike.
  • To promote animal welfare and rescue, responsible pet guardianship and foster a sense of community among diverse groups of people.
  • To promote tourism by drawing residents from surrounding communities and elsewhere, thereby increasing revenues to local businesses and the City of Gloucester.


How We Got Here:

After nearly a year of meetings, public hearings and extensively researching the best dog parks throughout the country we have finally achieved our goal. Gloucester City Council voted on March 22nd, 2011 the approval of Gloucester’s First Ever Dog Park. By unanimous vote Stage Fort Park is the selected site.

Now dog guardians will have an off-leash park to enjoy one of their favorite recreational pastimes- spending quality outdoor time with their ‘best friends.’  We will be transforming an under-utilized section of Stage Fort Park into a fun, safe, recreational park for people and their dogs.  But we can’t do it without your help! The park will be built totally by private and business donations. 

And you can help.  Donate today.   Your dog will love you for it! 

Breaking Ground

Grading the Park

Grooming Continues