Welcome to our website, hosted by Friends of North Quabbin Dog Park, Inc.! Here you will find information about our park, fundraisers and events, and ways you can get involved! (For daily updates, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/friendsofnqdp)
The Friends of North Quabbin Dog Park is in critical and urgent need of dependable, dedicated volunteers to join the park's committee. The group has always struggled to recruit and keep members, and right now the park faces imminent closure if strong new members cannot be found.
Currently, the Friends of North Quabbin Park manages both the behind-the-scenes workings of being a 501-c registered non-profit (filing forms, holding meetings, keeping records, etc.) and the physical maintenance of the park itself (trash removal, park cleanliness, damage repair, winterizing the park, etc.). The group also supports the park through public relations via social media/local events and helps fund the park through the planning and hosting of fundraisers.
While dozens of community members are regular park visitors--and hundreds of patrons both local and beyond visit the park every year--the bulk of this work is done by one general maintenance volunteer and roughly a half-dozen other members who help however they can. The amount of work is more than can be spread among such a small group, given the limitations that many members have in time, resources, and physical ability. While no one wants to see such a fate, the Friends recently decided that unless a viable, sustainable committee is in place then the group--and park itself--will be disbanded.
The group is exploring options of how to prevent closing the park. If fundraising and/or donations were to increase, the group could afford to pay volunteers for some of the necessary manual labor involved in maintaining the park. Ideally, simply increasing the number of steady, responsible, capable volunteers (even by as little as five or six members) would keep this park afloat.
To establish a fenced in, off-leash dog park where well-behaved canine citizens can exercise in a clean, safe environment without endangering or annoying people, property or wildlife. To develop a beautiful, well-maintained space open to all dog lovers and friends who are willing to uphold the park's rules and restrictions. To view this park as a community project, in partnership with the Town of Orange, designed to satisfy the needs of dog-owners and non-dog owners alike. To promote education, training and recreational activities that facilitate responsible dog ownership and better-behaved dogs through the use of volunteers and professional dog trainers.
The North Quabbin Dog Park features three separate fenced-in areas designed for open play for big dogs, small dogs, and training/agility/function space. The park is open to everyone who is willing to follow our rules and guidelines for park use, with no user fee. Dog waste clean-up stations and trash cans are available at the park--however, there is no designated park custodian, so it is up to park patrons to clean up after themselves and their pets. Parking close to the park gates is available, and each play section has a "Kids Zone" area where younger children may wait and play in sight of their parents. (Please note that adults must accompany dogs inside the fence--please plan accordingly if traveling with children! Children under 8 are NOT permitted inside the dog fence!) There is no electricity, running water, or restrooms at the park, so please plan accordingly.
NEW! We have a new handbook with lots of great information for park patrons! Check it out and share with your friends! HAND BOOK
Please check back in the future to hear about upcoming events, including training activities and fundraisers! Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FriendsOfNQDP for current information and chat about the park!
Every year we spend hundreds of dollars on waste management (trash removal, poop bags, hand sanitizer, etc.), park improvements, and repairs. Please consider making a TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation to help keep our park in operation!
Want to learn more? Have some comments, ideas, or notice errors in the website? Please contact Jasmine Ribeiro through the "Contact Us" section of the site!