Off-Leash Hours Proposed for Library Park

Entrance to Joan Lorentz Park
Entrance to Joan Lorentz Park

This week I attended a public meeting on the proposal to offer off-leash hours for dogs in Joan Lorentz Park, the green space in front of the Cambridge Public Library and Rindge and Latin School, bounded by Broadway and Ellery Street. Stuart Dash (Director of Community Planning) facilitated the meeting, and Mark McCabe (Animal Control Commissioner) also addressed the group. About thirty Mid-Cambridge residents, including City Councilor Sam Seidel (a Maple Street resident and dog owner who frequents the park), turned out to share their opinions. Most of those attending were in favor of the proposal, though a few non-dog-owners voiced strong opposition.

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Public Meetings on New Off-Leash Areas

Can We Share?
Can We Share?

Residents in Mid-Cambridge and the Brattle-Mount Auburn Street areas may wish to attend public meetings to discuss the shared use of open space in their neighborhoods, specifically whether dogs should be permitted off-leash in two public parks.

Tuesday, October 11, 6-8 PM
City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd Floor:

Review of possible off-leash hours in Joan Lorentz Park on Broadway and Ellery (the park adjacent to the Cambridge Public Library). More details.

Wednesday, October 19, 6-8 PM
New School of Music, 25 Lowell St.

Review of possible off-leash hours in Longfellow Park on Mt. Auburn St (adjacent to the Cambridge Tennis and Skating Club).

More information on the City’s off-leash policies:

Questions: Contact Taha Jennings in Community Development at 617 349-4603