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Room to roam, and a place to swim

By Matthew Gilbert
Globe Staff / May 31, 2011

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Here are a few of the off-leash dog areas in the Boston area. Be sure to check websites for the rules, restrictions, and permit requirements that apply to each one. And always be sure to have control of your dog and pick up after your dog no matter where you are.

Amory Playground in Brookline is off-leash from dawn until 1 p.m., as part of the town’s innovative Green Dog Program. Brookline Avenue Playground, Corey Hill Park, and Larz Anderson Park are also part of the program.

Peters Park in Boston has a fenced-in dog run, the city’s first sanctioned off-leash park.

Cambridge’s off-leash areas include Fresh Pond Reservation, Pacific Street Dog Park, and Fort Washington Park.

Nunziato Field and Ed Leathers Community Park are available for off-leash dogs in Somerville.

Stoddard’s Neck Dog Run in Hingham has areas where dogs can swim.

The Sheepfold at the Middlesex Fells Reservation is in Stoneham, with lots of surrounding hiking trails.

In Medway, the Henry Garnsey Park allows dogs to roam free.