Who can use the park?  
The park is open to all residents and visitors to our area providing that your dog is wearing

their current dog licenses (from any municipality) and has up-to-date vaccinations.  All

dogs and guaridian must abide by the park rules during each visit.

What does it cost to use the park? 
The Gloucester Dog Park is a community asset and, like other areas of Stage Fort Park, the

dog park is free of charge.  However, we encourage you to donate to help cover the cost

of maintenance and upkeep!   The City of Gloucester does not maintain this park!  We

do...and you are one of us!


Where can we park?  

There is an adjoining parking lot.  During the peak season, there is a $10 fee for cars that do not have a 'beach sticker.'   Parking is also available on the Stacy Boulevard--a short walk down the hill.


How will the park be maintained? 

The interior of the dog park is maintained by volunteers.  Donations are needed to cover the cost of park upkeep. Regular maintenance days are scheduled.  And if you see an issue that need attention, please emailgloucesterdogpark@gmail.com.  (The City of Gloucester maintains the parking area and collects trash/recycling from the entryway to the park.)


How is park funded? 

The park was build by donation, large and small, from dog lovers across Cape Ann.  Ongoing maintenance is funded through private donation.  Donations to the dog park are made thought The Gloucester Fund, a non-profit umbrella organization that supports grassroots community programs.


What are the hours of operation? 

The Gloucester Dog Park will be accessible and open to the community 365 days a year from dawn – 9:00 PM.


How is order maintained?   

Dogs rule, and dog parks have rules.  Park rules are in place to help insure the safety of dogs and humans alike. As of April 12, 2014, the dog park rules will be enforceable as city ordinances and violators subject to stiff fines.  But our hope is that users of the park will encourage everyone to follow the rules  We encourage good dog park etiquette and we expect that each dog guardian will be aware if their dog is an appropriate dog for the dog park. The phone numbers for  the Gloucester Control Officer and the Police are posted at the park in case problems occur.


Who picks up after the dogs? 

Dog guardians are responsible picking up their dog’s waste.  There is a trash container just outside the park entrance and waste bags available.  If you see dog waste that an owner has missed, please pick it up and dispose of it as a matter of courtesy. Keeping the park clean is everyone's responsibility. 


What about liability issues? 

Dog guardians are responsible for damage or injury inflicted by their dog(s). Neither volunteers nor the City of Gloucester nor any of its agents or agencies shall be liable for any injury or damage caused in the dog park.

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