Forest Hills Resident Asks City to Turn Vacant Lot into Dog Park

Barlow Street resident Julie A. Larson is petitioning the “dog-friendly” neighborhood to maintain the publicly-owned plots.

Three adjoining plots of city-owned land tucked neatly away high in the Forest Hills neighborhood are a struggle to find without a GPS; the likelihood that a city worker – or even an area resident – would take notice is slim.

One resident is trying to change that by asking neighbors to urge the city to take over the plots and construct a dog park.

Barlow Street resident Julie A. Larson has 10 signatures as of this writing on her online petition that calls for the city to transform the shaded area across the street from her home into a neighborhood park for dogs.

Larson, a longtime JP renter and recent homeowner, said through this movement, she hopes her neighborhood gets more visibility in the eyes of the city.

“[Barlow] Street is very neglected,” she said in an interview. “Maybe if it was used more by the community, the city would pave it and there would be more lights installed."

Larson has notified Boston City Council of her request, and is now attempting to get the attention of the city parks department.

To request an off-leash dog park, a group of at least 10 people must file an application with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and include a proposal of hours the park will be open, a maintenance plan and primary funding sources for the establishment of the park, according to a city ordinance.

Larson seems to have the necessary support from the neighborhood, now she just needs the support from the city.

“I just want to see it be used properly, because I really love this neighborhood,” Larson said.

karen harris March 28, 2013 at 06:59 PM
I agree with you
Julie A. Larson March 28, 2013 at 09:54 PM
Rhea Becker March 29, 2013 at 02:52 AM
I would love to see a dog park added to the neighborhood. Dogs need to run and there is no truly OK place for dogs to do this.
DJ Grace March 29, 2013 at 04:29 AM
I would also love to have a dog park. Would be a nice addition to the neighborhood. Also the presence of dog owners with their dogs help with reducing crime, dumping, and hanging out.
Tina Cincotti April 04, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Another vote a dog park! My pup loves to play in there.


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