I visited a park during off-leash hours, but the park was closed. Why is this?
Fields may be completely closed when they are wet due to inclement weather, if heavy rain is anticipated, during the spring thaw, or for other reasons related to maintaining healthy fields. We post park closed signs, but you can also call the green dog hotline, 617-879-4850, 24 hours a day to check if the fields are closed, or you can call the Parks Division Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. at 617-879-5650.

Please also use your judgment about using the fields in wet conditions. Note that synthetic turf fields generally do not close due to weather, but dogs are not allowed on these fields, whether on or off-leash. You are still welcome to walk your leashed dog on the paved paths at any time, including during field closures.

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1. How do I register and sign up for the Green Dog Program?
2. Why do I need to pay a fee to participate?
3. Where can I take my dog off-leash and how were the off-leash hours and parks determined?
4. I visited a park during off-leash hours, but was told my dog had to be on-leash. Why is this?
5. I visited a park during off-leash hours, but the park was closed. Why is this?
6. My usual park is closed for renovations, or due to field conditions. Where can I go with my dog?
7. Why doesn’t Brookline have a dog park, so dogs can always be off-leash?
8. Why are there no evening off-leash hours?
9. Could off-leash hours or parks change in the future?
10. I’m a dog walker. Can I bring my clients to play and exercise off-leash?
11. Can my friends and visitors bring their dogs to play off-leash in Brookline?
12. Why do I need to license my dog?
13. What are Green Dog Liaisons?
14. Why do I have to pick up after my dog?
15. I saw an aggressive dog in a park. What should I do?
16. How do I report a violation of off-leash hours or other dog issues?
17. How do I find out more information or make suggestions about the program?