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Grand Opening of The Gloucester Dog Park


Patiently waiting for the gates to open.



The unleashing with Mayor Kirk.


The first belly rub.


The Gloucester Dog Park at Stage Fort Park opened officially on Saturday. Many 2 legged and 4 legged friends came out to play in the park for the first time. I was surprised by how many people came out.

Congrats to the Friends of the Gloucester Dog Park for making it a huge success!

The Dog park has three sections, one for Large dogs, one for smaller dogs, and another for dogs who may not be completely ready to romp with their friends. At the entrance to each play area are park rules. Make sure you and your dog(s) follow those rules for everyone’s safety. You can read them HERE.

It was nice to see the dogs chasing each other, playing with their humans and relaxing in the sun. I would say it’s dog approved!


Where’s Skipper?

A fun contest from the Gloucester Dog Park…

Where’s Skipper?


By now, you’ve probably seen Skipper the dog as you drive past Grant Circle, where – day after day – he served as a reminder of the funds being raised to complete and maintain the Gloucester Dog Park.

This week, Skipper was moved to a new location in Gloucester! Have you spotted him yet? The first Good Morning Gloucester reader to find Skipper and correctly name his new location in the comments section of this post will win a Gloucester Dog Park t-shirt, as well as a bandana for your dog. Ready. Set. Go find Skipper!


Yappy Hour II- Thursday August 28th!

yappy hour, cape ann brewery

Time to mark your calendar with another dog bone.

On August 28th, 2012 from 5:00 pm to closing, Cape Ann Brewery at 11 Rogers Street will hold the next CHOW DOWN with live music in support of the Gloucester Dog Park. A portion of all food and beverage sales will be donated to the Park. Join the 50/50 raffle or purchase one of our signature dog park bandanas! One lucky person will walk away with our custom made dog goodie basket!

And if you haven’t been there lately, you’ve got to visit Stage Fort Park and see the park taking shape. The dog park is being built by private donations and with the help of dedicated volunteers. Come join us!

Visit www.gloucesterdogpark.org for exciting updates, to volunteer or donate.

Please make your tax deductible donation to the Gloucester Fund (Gloucester Dog Park on the memo line) and send to Gloucester Fund, 45 Middle St. Gloucester MA 01930.

Come and join us at Cape Ann Brewery and help us to build Cape Ann’s first dog park!

Gloucester Dog Park Info Booth at Stage Fort Park

The Friends of Gloucester Dog Park will be staffing an information table in front of the  Visitor’s Center at Stage Fort Park on the following Thursdays from 3pm-5:30 pm: August 16, 30 and September 13 and 27.  We will have lots of activities and dog park merchandise for sale including t-shirts, bumper stickers and our red signature bandanas for the dogs.

Back by popular demand on August 16 will be David Feldman of Skillful Hands, a certified dog massage therapist.  He will be givng free dog massages and talking to pet guardians from 3- 5pm. You are also encouraged to walk around the dog park site and let your best friend ‘sniff’ it out for themselves. It’s a great opportunity to get an up close and personal glimpse into the entire process behind the makings of Cape Ann’s first dog park. Come see for yourself what the excitement is all about.

The dog park is being built entirely by private donations.  Please consider making a donation by mailing a check to The Gloucester Fund (in memo line write dog park),

45 Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930.  Also visit our website at www.gloucesterdogpark.org for information, updates and to join our mailing list.

The Newest Fashion Trend in Gloucester

Some Stylin’ Pups picked up their Dog Park Bandanas last Thursday at The Gloucester Dog Park information booth.





Bring your pup to Stage Fort  Thursday July 26, Aug 2, 16 and 30 and Sept 13 and 27 to get a tour of the new Dog Park and pick up the latest fashion accessory. Bumper stickers and T-Shirts for their Humans.


Get Free Dog Massage this Thursday!

Gloucester dog park

The Friends of Gloucester Dog Park will be staffing an information table at the Visitor’s Center at Stage Fort Park on alternate Thursdays from 3-5:30pm this summer, starting July 12.  They will have lots of activities and dog park signature merchandise for sale.    There will be raffles complements of Animal Krackers, Essex Bird Shop and Pet Supply and Petco.

First in the lineup of great attractions on July 12th David Feldman of Skillful Hand, a certified dog massage therapist, will be giving FREE dog massages and talking to pet owners from 3pm-4:30pm.  If you are heading to the Farmer’s Market, come on over! (David will be back for a return visit on July 26, so mark your calendars now!)

You are also encouraged to walk around the dog park and let your best friend ‘sniff’ out the site. It’s a great opportunity to get an up close and personal glimpse into the entire process behind the makings of Cape Ann’s first dog park. Come see for yourself what the excitement is all about.

 Building a dog park is a community effort! Get involved by contacting gloucesterdogpark@gmail.com or visiting www.gloucesterdogpark.org.

Zooey in Action!

Here is Zooey (Mary Lou Maraganis’s foster dog) telling everyone to get back to work!  Zooey is managing the foundation pour of the Gloucester Dog Park pergola. The Pergola will be at the main entrance to the new dog park at Stage Fort Park.

Zooey is happy that the Dog Park construction is coming along and is planning on visiting the Dog Park often with her new family. Happy News– Zooey will be adopted on Saturday!



Support the Gloucester Dog Park at Stone’s Pub

On Thursday, January 26, Stones Pub and Eatery will hold a Chow Down for the Gloucester Dog Park–a portion of all food sales for lunch and dinner will be donated to the dog park.  Enjoy a hot cup of soup on cold day and help build a park for your dog.  Mark your calendars!

You can check out progress of the dog park at www.gloucesterdogpark.org

Generous Donations for Gloucester Dog Park

A Dog Park Update from Mary Lou Maraganis:


“Gloucester Dog Park is one paw closer to becoming a reality thanks to the generous donations of $12,500 by Christopher and Anne Lewis for The Cat Doctor of Gloucester and an anonymous donation of $10,000 by a Rockport resident.

We still have a way to go but these donations along with the Dusky Foundation’s matching gift was certainly a wonderful way to end 2011.  Remember the allocation of the land for the dog park was only approved by city council in March.  We’ve come a long way in 9 months.  This is due in part to a great crew of volunteers comprising the Friends of Gloucester Dog Park.  We are actively recruiting additional volunteers to help with PR, community development, events planning, web design, arts committee members, volunteer coordinator -simply anyone that wants to be an active part in making this dog park a valuable part of this community.”

To find out more information on donating and/or volunteering, please visit www.gloucesterdogpark.org or call 978-283-5723.


Gloucester Dog Park Receives Generous Donation

A follow up to the fundraising performance of Sylvia from May Lou Maraganis: 

Dusky Foundation Pledges $100,000 with Matching Funds to the creation of Cape Ann’s First Dog Park

Before a group of supporters at a benefit performance of ‘Sylvia’, a play about a rescue dog, a dog park and the relationships that ensue it was only fitting venue for the Friends of Gloucester Dog Park to announce the generous contribution by the Dusky Foundation of $100,000 to create such a park here inGloucester. Mary Lou Maraganis and Judi Masciarelli, co-founders of the dog park, have devoted the last year and a half to making this a reality.  With a core group of volunteers to assist them and the donation by the Dusky Foundation, groundbreaking is under way for phase one.

Although the city council unanimously approved the appropriation of land for the dog park at Stage Fort Park, the park will be built entirely by private donations.

Eighty percent of the $100,000 Dusky donation will be in matching funds making your donation go that much further and the dog park built that much sooner.

This is a recreational park built by and for the community to bring together the dog-loving community.

All gifts designated for the dog park are tax-deductible, and donations can be made through the Gloucester Fund. Checks should be made out to

                        The Gloucester Fund (earmark for theDogParkin the memo section)

                       45 Middle Street


If you would like to take advantage of limited naming opportunities, or would like to donate materials or services, please contact gloucesterdogpark@gmail.com or call 978- 768 3400 for further information.

Visit www.gloucesterdogpark.org and sign-up for the Friends of Gloucester Dog Park newsletters. 

Sylvia Opens this Week!


Don’t Forget to Buy your tickets for the Cape Ann Theatre Performance of Slyvia! Sylvia Runs This week, November 17th-20th.  The Dog Park Benefit show is this Thursday November 17th.

(Julie Cleveland as Sylvia)
You can see more great photos from their rehearsal on the CAT Facebook page






Dogs up for Adoption- Greyson & Zoey

Mary Lou of All Dog Rescue has two beautiful dogs that she is fostering in Gloucester that are up for adoption. Greyson & Zoey are absolutely gorgeous! I have always had a soft spot in my heart for pit pulls, they get such a bad rap but all of the pit bulls I have ever met are just big cuddle bugs! Let’s help these two find their forever home.

About Greyson: 

“OK, by now you know from Greyson’s pictures that he is an extremely handsome boy. But what you don’t know is that he is as sweet and wonderful on the inside as well. He is new to rescue and we are still getting to know him but we have discovered he loves car rides, toys, playing with other dogs, cuddles and his walks. He has beautiful sparkling amber eyes, beautiful blue/grey fur and a wiggly butt and tail that is constantly going. He is fun, sweet, playful and affectionate. He weighs about 55 pounds and is around 2 years old. Athletic outside, calm and mannered inside the house. He likes to please so will likely be a quick learner. He adjusted very quickly to his new surroundings which is an indication of his adaptability and calm nature. To be the best dog he can be he will need a leader that will help socialize him and re-direct his enthusiasm when new people come to visit. This handsome Blue Pit Bull is waiting patiently for his forever home. He will make a wonderful companion in life. Because of his size, he is best in a household without young children.”

About Zoey:

“Zoey was found tied to the air conditioner shaft outside the pound and quickly became the staff favorite. She is a sweetheart with those real ‘puppy dog eyes’.  She enjoys playing with other dogs, car rides, toys and well, pretty much anything. She is one of those dogs that just enjoys being with her person. She would benefit with some basic training to make her the best dog she can be (as would any dog). She crates well, is housetrained, weighs in at 39 pounds.  She is soft and cuddly and speaking of cuddles can give and receive them all day long. She is being fostered with Greyson another of our dogs and doing very well-even though she is a bit of a prima-donna. She enjoys being the center of attention and needs to learn no matter how cute she is that she must share. She was in the pound for 2 months before we were able to take her. Be prepared for people to stop you on the street if you get this one, she is one of those dogs people just have to pet. She’s a real charmer!!”

If you are interested in meeting Greyson or Zoey, please fill out an application on the All Dog Rescue website. www.alldogrescue.org 

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