Watson Upper Valley Dog Park

tug of war with friends
Route 14 W,
under the I-91 overpass
Hartford, VT
Operating Hours:
Dawn to Dusk (April-Oct)
Managed By:
Upper Valley Dog Park Supporters-a volunteer group under the Hartford Parks Department
Days Closed:
Park Size:
1.5 acres
Type of Park:
Other Notes:

Opened June 2008. This dog park has a separate small dog area and drinking water. Local groups raised $25,000 for the creation of this dog park. The fencing was installed first and future amenities will be added as funds are donated. (photo by Leslie Carney)

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Watson Dog Park

The dog park is going indoors for the winter at 63 Evans Drive in Lebanon, NH. home of Small Animal Veterinary Emergency Services. Stop in and check it out!

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Watson Upper Valley Dog Park

The park is closed. Flood damage from Irene was considerable, but there are plans to re-open the park this summer. We are hoping by mid-June or early July. As an alternative, Kilowatt field is dog friendly. Be sure to be a good neighbor (have control of your dog, and clean up waste), it is an open space and children sled there.

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Hours of operation

Can anyone tell me if the park is open right now-the winter months are the toughest and walks are hard with all the snow or threat of being run-down by a snowmobile on the rail trail... Thanks!

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Watson Upper Valley Dog Park

There's a core group of really nice people at this park, and a core group of really nice dogs.

You can match your dog to the mood of the time of day -- probably true at most parks, of course. The 9 o'clock morning crowd is mostly chase games and socializing. There's a three o'clock crowd that is more rowdy,with more rassling action, and then the five o'clock after-work group is big on dash-and-crash after a day of being cooped up in crates.

However, even when the action is high, the park is big enough that you can slip off to a corner for a more sedate experience. And, in between those three peak periods, you'll find a very quiet park with enough space to throw a ball and, at any hour, the people you meet will be generous in welcoming you and making you feel at home.

Another benefit -- this is very close to the intersection of I-89 and I-91, so you won't be seriously sidetracked if you just want to take 20 minutes to let your dogs stretch their legs and socialize a bit on a long road trip.

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Watson dog park

We have recently discovered the park. Great place to socialize your dog. Have made many new doggie friends:) The park is maintained very nicely by volunteers, always has toys for the dogs,fresh water, poop scoop bags and plenty of room to run.And now during the hot days ..pool to cool off..also close to the White River for dogs that like to take a dip. Great place !!

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Grand Opening

On June 7th the Watson Upper Valley Dog Park became a reality. A visitor said, "The park is absolutely beautiful but when the dogs came into the park today, it came alive!"

Our opening day was full of excitement and enthusiasm as 35 dogs and their owners, well-wishers from the Upper Valley and Town supporters gathered together for a celebration. After 5 years of searching for a venue, fund raising and building the park, we, the Upper Valley Dog Park Supporters acknowledged the Town of Hartford, VT Board of Selectmen, Hunter Rieseberg, Town Manager, and Tad Nunez, Director of Parks & Recreation Dept. for their support and encouragement with the project. Hunter Rieseberg then thanked us for our hard work, dedication and how pleased he was with the Dog Park. By the end of the day we had over 60 dogs or better.

It has been a busy place ever since. Our volunteers have been monitoring at various times to keep the park set up with supplies and helping the dog owners with questions. Jenn Barg, our Canine Behavior Adviser/Trainer, has been coming once a month on Saturday 9-11am to assist anyone with a question or issue with their dog(s).

If you are traveling in our area.....Come see us and watch your dog(s) smile. Yes they do smile! Website: www.watsondogpark.org

Leslie Carney (Director)