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Barrington Paw Park- Barrington, Rhode Island

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The Barrington Paw Park is located within Haines Park in Barrington, Rhode Island. The dog park is only half a mile from 103 on Haines Park Road. Easy enough to remember. However, the dog park is hard to see with the naked eye from the road since it is located behind one of the baseball diamonds. It appears as though there is a second baseball diamond but it has become part of the dog park area. The parking lot is shared with the baseball diamond and shaded by the forest, which will keep your car cool in the summer.

Walking past the old baseball diamond in back you will arrive at the double gate to the park. The Barrington Paw Park, otherwise known as the Kimberly Perrott Memorial Dog Park, has two double gates located on opposite sides of the space.

Unlike a lot of dog parks, this one doesn’t have two different sections separating small and large dogs. It is simply a huge space for all dogs to run around. There are positives and negatives to this. Many small dog owners worry about their dog being bullied by the larger dogs and insist on a section with a weight limit. On the contrary, after talking to dog poop bagssome of the patrons of the park, I found that it’s the small dogs running the show with their “Napoleon Complex”. The benefit to keeping all of the dogs together is that there is always another dog to play with. With separated parks, two dogs may be on one side while only one sits on the other, lacking a friend to socialize with. The Barrington Paw Parks singular section lets all the dogs play together making slow days more enjoyable. The size of the undivided space is another great benefit to this dog park. Dog owners can throw a ball as far as they want, giving their dog more exercise than they could in smaller parks.

Looking at the amenities of the park, it appears to be average. Barrington has dog poop bags provided which is always welcome, and trash cans for only dog feces. Unfortunately, there is only one place to sit in the park, a bench in dedication to Kimberly Perrott, and it is on the sunny side in the afternoon. The park could benefit more seats but with a lot of shade provided by surrounding trees, patron’s and dogs alike can stay out of the summer sun if need be. There are no lights for seasons with shorter days, and with the dog park being so isolated one of the patrons, Kathy Sullivan, claimed she might feel uncomfortable walking there alone in the late afternoon hours.

The space itself is fantastic for dogs and children alike to play. The park has both grass and sand sections which are taken care of by the town. The old baseball diamond, fence off from the dog park is the perfect spot for children to run around and have their own fun without fear of bothering foreign canine. Parents can let their children and their doggy children have fun, keeping a protective over both.

The Barrington Dog Park is a large space that fits majority of dog owners’ needs and for those who live close by, the perfect spot to bring dogs and children. Take a look for yourself and tell us what you think of the park below.

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Sharon Dog Park- Sharon, Massachusetts

The Sharon Dog park is located between Lake Massapoag and South Main Street, right next to the Deborah Sampson Park. When traveling down south msharon dog parkain street, turn onto East Foxboro Street and follow the road for a few hundred feet until you see baseball diamonds on your right. There will be tennis courts on your left and that’s there the parking for the dog park is located.

The trail to the dog park is next to a large graffiti-ed wall, the signs are frequent and will show you the way. The trail is actually the Sharon Exercise Trail which is great for a walk with the dog. The trail includes dog leash hook ups along the way so if you need a rest your dog won’t run off.

At first glance it is obvious the park well cared for, with a lot of signage and a brand new fence. It is a large enclosed park that allows dogs of all sizes to get the exercise they crave. The ground is completely covered in mulch and has a small hill for the dogs to run around or sharon dogsjump off of. Unlike most parks, there are many trees which provide a lot of shade all around the park. This benefits both you and fido. However, your dog probably does not appreciate the fact that there are multiple benches like you do. There is a small dog section which can be reached through the back of the main section. It is rather small and unimpressive but for those who are scared to let their dog ruff house with the others this is a necessity.

The Sharon dog park has the amenities needed, such as poop bags, empty trash cans located in all the corners of the park and the hard to find running water spigot. The park recommends you bring your own drinking water for the dog and asks patrons to not wastespigot resized 600 too much water, but as I saw, its perfect for hot days or when your dog gets muddy trampling through the trail. Unfortunately there are no lights to illuminate the park at night, but its only open from dawn till dusk. This means that you will have a harder time getting your dog some exercise in cooler months.

The patron’s love this dog park, claiming to be one big family. They say that everyone gets along and the dogs are always under control. This group of dog lovers can donate a recommended dollar a day in the donation box or online. The Sharon dog park is a wonderful spot to bring your pet, and I can assure that both you and your dog will leave happy. Check out the park for yourself and leave your comments below!

 


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Newport Dog Park- Newport, Rhode Island

 

The Newport Dog Park is in a very accessible spot just over the Newport Bridge. Once over the bridge take 138 East towards Fall River and Cape Cod, shortly you will take the Admiral Kalbfus ramp and continue until you hit a rotary. The first exit will take you past a U-Haul newport dog parkcenter and your destination will be on the left.

The Newport Dog Park is right next to 138 so it is easy to spot while driving. On the other hand, having your dog play right next to a freeway is rather nerve racking. The upside to this is the fact that it is never too dark because of the lights from the road. The parking is simply a dirt lot alongside the park but since the park doesn’t seem to get too busy, it fits the purpose.

The fence that surrounds the park appears to be quite old and weathered, with a fair amount of rust along the top. While this is obviously a hazard to people, there are also a few holes that would allow dogs to escape, something that needs to be addressed. Newport Dog park has two sections, one for large dogs and a much smaller section for small dogs. Each has a double gate leading into it which is especially important with the road so close by. The park describe the imagealso provides trash cans, a few benches, and dog poop bags to clean up after your pet. A few chairs have also been left behind so owners can have a seat while their dog makes some friends. However, with only a few over hanging trees in both sections, there is little shade. This shouldn’t be a problem for those who come in the early morning or evening, but for those who visit mid-day, beware the heat and bring your own water because this park lacks a running water spigot.

The patrons do seem to enjoy the mulch which was put down by the town. It allows the dogs to play on a surface that gives and they won’t get too dirty. The park overall is a good space for your dog to run around, but it doesn’t seem to be as popular as other parks so if you are looking for a bunch of dogs to socialize your pup, you might want to look elsewhere. Newport Dog Park meets the needs of a dog park but offers few frills. Head on over and check out the park and tell us what you think below!

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