Provincetown dogs can play in one of the top 10 dog parks in the US. In summer the Pilgrim Bark Park provides a safe, friendly place to let visiting dogs really enjoy their vacation. The park only adds to Provincetown’s reputation as a dog friendly destination, where owners can treat themselves to alfresco dining with their dogs at their side along the sidewalk cafes.
More information on the Dog Fancy Top 10 Dog Parks list can be found in the June 2010 issue of the magazine. In honor of the magazine’s 40 th anniversary, the list has been expanded this year to include the top 40 dog parks in the country.
Starting with the memorial area just outside the park’s gate (where you will find a large stone in memory of my dogs Mona and Nina), the influence of Provincetown’s artistic community is felt with a graceful sculpture overlooking the memorial bricks. Pilgrim Bark Park’s benches are works of art, including the Mayflower bench, in keeping with the park’s colonial theme. The park has two separate play areas, one for dogs under 25 pounds and one for all dogs.
The Dog Fancy Top 10 Criteria
Magazine readers submit nominations for the top 10 dog parks based on Dog Fancy magazine’s criteria of fencing, double gates and free clean–up bags. Other considerations include availability of water, shade, lighting and parking. Dog parks with active support organizations that offer special events, educational workshops and low-cost health clinics were given extra points.
The Dog Fancy Top 10 Dog Park list:
Jackass Acres K-9 Korral New River AZ
Kenton Paw Park, Covington, Ky.
Cosmo Dog Park, Gilbert, Ariz.
Puptown Dog Park, Chicago, Ill.
W.O.O.F. P.A.C. Park, Santa Maria, Calif.
Hermon Dog Park, Los Angeles, Calif.
Prairie Pastures Dog Park, Clinton, Iowa
Wantage Dog Park, Wantage, N.J.
Bow Wow Beach, Stow, Ohio