There’s some good news for our four-legged friends and their owners in the City of Pittsfield, as the city’s new dog park is expected to open up for use this summer. It should make for a great place for our dogs to run around and meet other dogs, but one thing is for sure, we can’t expect them to clean it up themselves. That’s where the “Friends of the Pittsfield Dog Park” will come in, but that’s not all they will be doing at the park.

According to a press release from the office of Pittsfield Mayor Linda Tyer, the city is seeking volunteers to join the new group, which will help to support the park’s goals for all users.

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Becky Manship, the city’s Recreation and Special Events Coordinator, says that the group will be an important component of the park’s success.

It is important to establish a ‘Friends of’ group to foster a sense of community and ongoing support for this project... Volunteers will be the eyes and ears of the park on a regular basis, assist in maintaining a clean and safe park space, and communicate with city staff on any issues or recommendations to improve the park.


The dog park, which will be located within Burbank Park, near the Valentine Road entrance, will be a fenced in, off-leash area where well-behaved dogs can exercise, run free, and socialize in a clean, safe environment without endangering people, property or wildlife.

Volunteers do not have to be residents of Pittsfield. For those interested in becoming a member of the Friends of the Pittsfield Dog Park or are seeking additional information, can call 413-499-9371 or email

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