Dog Parks

Marshfield Dog Park

35 Proprietors Drive, Marshfield, MA, USA

Owned By: Town of Marshfield

The Marshfield Dog Park is a fully fenced-in off-leash park for small and large dogs. It features large play areas, a shade pavilion, and drinking water. The play areas are each about 2 acres in size.


The project to create a dog park in Marshfield began in 2018 with a group of volunteers led by Stephen Darcy. Local businesses provided initial funding through sponsorships, and then the Stanton Foundation provided a large grant. In 2022, the project was approved at Marshfield Town Meeting, along with the contribution of significant Community Preservation Funds. It officially opened in July 2023.

The park is town-owned but privately maintained by volunteers from the Friends of the Marshfield Dog Park, a registered non-profit 501(c)3 organization. A local pet waste removal company helps to keep the park clean and safe. Donations help to fund the waste removal service.

This land is within the region of the Massachusett (or Massachuseuk). To learn more about local Native American tribes, we encourage you to interact with their members. The Massachusett tribe at Ponkapoag shares information on its website.

Park Rules

• Dogs must remain leashed until entering the double gated fence.

• All dogs must be licensed and vaccinated.

• Puppies under 4 months and dogs in heat are not allowed.

• Pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after dogs. This includes dog waste collection as well as repair of any holes that are dug.

• The small dog area is reserved for dogs 25 lbs and less.

• Dogs must be under voice control within the park.

• Children under 16 years old are not allowed in the park without adult supervision.

• Limit 2 dogs per adult.

• Owners should leash and remove dogs that become aggressive.

• No smoking, drinking alcohol, or eating food of any kind. This includes dog treats.

• Use of the Marshfield Dog Park is solely at your own risk and person(s) making use of the park shall be responsible for injuries caused by their dog(s) and shall hold the Town of Marshfield, The Friends of the Marshfield Dog Park and their representatives harmless for same.

Trail Description

A paved walkway leads from the parking area to the dog park facility.

Habitats and Wildlife

The Marshfield Dog Park is located within the watershed of the South River.

The South River originates deep in Duxbury. Its source is in the Round Pond area, and from there it winds unobtrusively through the woods for several miles. Although one can view it from Route 3, and also from both the South River Bog and the Camp Wing Conservation Area, it remains a narrow and mostly un-navigable stream until just below Veterans Memorial Park. From there it flows through South River Park, behind the playground of South River School, and under the Willow Street and Francis Keville Bridges. Wider at that point, and navigable at most tides, its course winds through the marshes as it runs parallel to Route 139, all the way to Rexhame. From there the river turns northward. It flows for 3 miles between Humarock and the mainland to Fourth Cliff, where it joins the North River at its outlet to the sea.

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35 Proprietors Drive, Marshfield, MA, USA

Historic Site: No

Park: Yes

Beach: No

Boat Launch: No

Lifeguards: No

Size: 4 acres

Hours: Dawn to Dusk

Parking: Ample on-site parking (20 vehicles).

Cost: Free


Shade pavilion, drinking water, pet waste and trash receptacles.

Dogs: Yes

Boat Ramp: No

ADA Access: Yes

Scenic Views: Yes

Waterbody/Watershed: South River (North & South Rivers watershed)

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