Over one year ago, the city received a grant from the Stanton Foundation to fund dog park design plans, which were drawn up by the Northampton firm Berkshire Design Group, for the 2-acre parcel at Burbank Park. The dog park project still on schedule in Pittsfield.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that a parks official said, If everything goes as planned the city will have its very own pooch park in a matter of months, Over one year ago, the city received a grant from the Stanton Foundation to fund dog park design plans, which were drawn up by the Northampton firm Berkshire Design Group, for the 2-acre parcel at Burbank Park.

The park will have 25 parking spaces and feature two areas, each enclosed by 5-foot-tall fences one for small dogs and one for larger dogs, dogs will be free to roam and socialize off leashes. The foundation agreed to fund 90 percent of the $187,000 the project, Manship said, and the city will have to find a way to pay for the rest.

Until then here is a list of Park and Trail Dog-friendly places to go.

French Park – Egremont, MA
This dog-friendly park has a one-acre, fenced in area for dogs to run and play. Make sure to bring water for your dog so that they can refresh themselves after all that off-leash freedom fun.

Dufresne Park – Granby, MA
This large park is the perfect place to spend a day outdoors fishing, hiking, and picnicking in the spring, summer, or fall. There is a dog park within the larger park that gives your furry friend a chance to play fetch and mingle with other friendly pups.

Monument Mountain Reservation – Stockbridge, MA
The trails at this historic location are great for dogs and give you the ability to let your pet off-leash so you can enjoy exploring together. This popular peak allows for spectacular views of the Southern Berkshires and the Housatonic River Valley. There are several loop trails that will lead you and your dog up to the summit. The trail can get slippery in wet weather, so stay safe and make sure to watch your footing and keep an eye on your pup.

Always remember to keep your pup leashed and everyone will have a good time.

Kennedy Park – Lenox, MA
You can enjoy the many pet-friendly trails of this multi-use area with your dog from sun up to sundown. The trails of this park are frequented by hikers and mountain bikers in the summer, as well as cross-country skiers in the winter. Make sure to keep your dog leashed, as the trails are also sometimes used by horseback riders.

October Mountain State Forest – Lee, MA
At 16,500 acres, this year-round state forest is the largest in Massachusetts. Dogs are welcome to join their owners on the hiking trails and camping areas. With multiple waterways running through the forest, it is a great place to launch a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard and spend the day paddling around with your pet. Please be aware that parking fees do apply.

Ashuwillticook Rail Trail – Lanesborough, MA
With your leashed pet in tow, you can enjoy this long stretch of trail on foot or on a bike. The now paved 11-mile trail runs through the towns of Cheshire, Lanesborough, and Adams and was once a railroad track. It also runs along the Cheshire Reservoir and the Hoosic River, which both offer great views of wildlife and fishing opportunities.

Mount Greylock State Reservation – Lanesborough, MA
Mount Greylock is the highest point in Massachusetts at 3,491 feet. Your leashed dog is welcome to join you on the many hiking trails, including the pet-friendly trail that leads to the summit which offers views up to 90 miles away. Enjoy this state reservation any time of the year.

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