North End dog owners are rejoicing at the opening of the renovated dog run and park on Richmond Street adjacent to the Callahan Tunnel ramp. The new layout was designed to be easier to maintain without all the mud, trash and blight issues of the park’s former condition. Owned by the State, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) recently completed the facelift adding new paving, gravel, fencing, flowering plants, a trash barrel and cleaning equipment.
North End Responsible Urbanites for Fido (RUFF) and MassDOT have coordinated a plan to keep the dog poop bags on site. A couple of handy brooms and pick up shovels are also on hand for those willing to help out. When we stopped by, we found dog advocate Emilia “Emy” Mahfood already doing her share by sweeping the gravel back into its proper place.
The gated long stretch of open space has never been officially designated a dog park, but has fulfilled that function for several years. It remains the only park in the North End where dogs can run unleashed. RUFF is working with city, state and Greenway officials to establish more dog friendly spaces in the North End / Waterfront area.
Photos by Matt Conti.