Our mission is to establish a safe, sustainable off-leash, and owner supervised dog park which will help our canine companions satisfy their socialization needs and interests. This dog park will provide personal and community enrichment through the promotion and well being of the citizens and canines of Dartmouth and surrounding communities. Our regional park will be fully accessible, eco-friendly, and an area for holding events, sharing resources, and bringing the community together.
It is the intention of DDAWG to assist the town with the building and operation of the dog park. We hope to promote responsible dog ownership, by providing a location to hold dog events such as adoptions, rabies clinics, workshops, and dog training.
In August of 2009, Rick Oliveira, the founder and former President of DDAWG, shared his vision for building a dog park in Dartmouth in an article that appeared in the Standard Times. He held his first meeting of interested dog owners in September to share his vision, begin discussing plans for building a dog park, and as a result DDAWG was formed.
In January of 2010, the Dartmouth Department of Parks and Recreation Board approved 12 acres of land in the Dartmouth Regional Parks and Trails facility. Since then, DDAWG became incorporated, achieved non-profit 501 (c) 3 status thanks to the Southern New England School of Law, worked on a park design and its rules and regulations, attended various dog events, and held fundraisers.
The Dartmouth Town Meeting approved Community Preservation Funds in June of 2014, and together in a partnership with a private foundation, the town began the process to finalize plans for the park. DDAWG continues to hold fundraisers for its operational expenses and to raise money for necessary dog park components, like informational kiosks.
The town and members of DDAWG have regular meetings to discuss on-going strategies for building the park. Please stay tuned for more information.