Why a dog park?
A dog park provides a place where people and their dogs can safely exercise and socialize with other dog owners and their pets. We believe that dog owners (an estimated 39% of households) deserve an opportunity to enjoy recreational activities in our parks – just like hikers, softball players and other groups.
Dogs have become more and more a part of people’s lives in recent years – both as valued companions and in a variety of helping roles, such as service dogs, therapy dogs, and search and rescue workers. At the same time, factors like housing density and leash laws have made it more difficult to provide dogs with the exercise and socialization they need.
Well-exercised and well-socialized dogs are not only happier and more rewarding companions, but they are also much less likely to create problems in the community.
Plus, dog parks are lots of fun. Just ask anyone who has been to one!
Watson Upper Valley Dog Park