The park hours are Dawn to Dusk. These are usually a little before sunrise and sunset, but a good guild line are the solar light on the flag pole and how easy it is to see the darkest dog in the park from across the park. For the safety of all the dogs and handlers and being able to clean up after your dog, please respect the park hours.
About Leashes and Collars
Chelmsford has a strict leash law so a leash is required to and from your car to and from the entrance/exit. Richardson Road is known for cars speeding and it's been observed that cars do speed in the parking lot.
It is recommended to remove the leash upon entering the park proper when you are sure both gates are closed.
Please keep your leash with you so you can quickly and safely restrain your dog
All metal, choke and prong collars are not allowed in the park. Please remove them when you remove the leash. This is for the safety of your dog and the other dogs in the park. Metal collars can injure other dogs mouth while wrestling and choke collars can get caught and strangle your dog.
What to bring to the park
Your dog's current and up to date license should be with you at the park.
Also have your dog's current and updated rabies tag with you.
Remember your dog's leash and keep it with you. you never know when you might need it.
Bring water, and maybe your own bowl. While the park as fountains, during the winter they are off and during the summer, there could be lines.
Having a small first aid kit is not a bad idea either so keeping one in your car may be a great idea [and not just for the park].
What to bring and what to leave in the car
The dog park is a toy free park, this includes dog toys and human toys. Toys can make dogs resource guard the toy.
The park is also a food/treat free park and again this includes dog and human food of any kind.
The park is a smoke free public space. So no smoking and no vaping. And remember that cigarette butts are harmful to dogs and they like to eat them.
The park is alcohol free as well. Please no drinking at the park, it sets a bad example for the dogs.
And please, don't bring any glass containers into the park. This includes water and soda bottles, dog bowls, etc. If the glass breaks it leaves a hazard for the dogs.
Strollers, carriages, wheeled toys like scooters or roller skates and bikes are not allowed at the park.
Female dogs that are in or about to be in heat are not allowed in the park. This can bring out aggressiveness in other dogs and cause fights.
Aggressive dogs don't do well in a dog park and should be taken where they can play peacefully. If the Animal Control Officer [ACO] determines your dog is to aggressive for the park they may ask you not to bring your dog anymore.
What to do and not do in the park
Please stay near your dog, this makes it easier to pick up after them and to control them if they get into trouble.
a handler needs to be in the park at all times for your dog.
Please fill in any holes your dog causes. there are shovels and dirt in the park for this purpose.
Please bring no more than two dogs per handler into the park.
For safety reasons, children 6 and under are not allowed in the park. This includes babies in slings or baby carriers. When a pack of 100lbs dogs are chasing each other through the park, they can easily knock over an adult, just imagine what would happen if they ran into a toddler. And those little pup can easily trip up the most nimble of people in a second.
Children under the age of 13 need to be accompanied by an adult in the same area of the park.
Children under the age of 16 are not considered to be dog handlers.
Please prevent your children from running in the park. Dogs chase things that run and it could cause a dog to knock them over
Please keep children from climbing on things, most of them have been peed on a lot and no one wants to think about that.
and please teach your children to ask the owner before approaching and petting a dog. Some dogs at the park do not like to be pet.