On March 31, 2013,
Oscar, a blind 15 year old Lhasa Apso, owned by Bunny Miller in Portsmouth was attacked and killed outside of her townhouse by a neighbor's dog that was running loose. In trying to cope with the nightmare and wanting something positive to come from Oscar's death, she immediately thought of the idea of a local dog park, since Oscar had enjoyed every dog park he'd visited. She petitioned the Portsmouth Town Council for permission to form a Planning Committee to research and establish a volunteer-based, 100% community-funded dog park within Portsmouth. Read more about Oscar's Story
Want to Remember
Your Beloved Pet in
a Special Way?
You can do so by purchasing an engraved memorial paver that will be incorporated into the entrance patio. The tan-colored, 9X9-inch pavers can contain up to three lines of 18 characters each, and cost $75 per stone. Order forms are available at the Portsmouth Free Public Library, the town clerk's office at Town Hall, or by printing out this online copy. Forms can be mailed to Jane Reise at 191 Freeborn St., Portsmouth RI 02871, or left with the town clerk. Checks should be made payable to Town of Portsmouth Dog Park Fund. Pavers make a great Christmas or Valentines gift!
Looking to Donate More?
Along with regular donations, we are looking for donors to donate specific items to the park. All items will have an engraved plaque with the donor's name and two additional lines.
These items can be found here
Welcome to the
Portsmouth Dog Park
Our mission is to establish an off-leash dog park for the Town of Portsmouth that is accessible to all residents and will promote education, training and safe recreational activities that facilitate responsible dog ownership and well-behaved dogs through the use of volunteers and with the support of the community.
- ✔ Town Council approved project to begin.
- ✔ Town Council approved Melville Park site.
- ✔ Finance Director sets up fund account.
- ✔ Accepting donations.
- ✔ Goatscaping!
- ✔ Final clearing of land and survey.
- ✔ Ground seeded.
- ✔ Set up fences.
- ✔ Installed patio with memorial pavers.
- Landscaping on Smith Rd.
- ✔ Installed waste disposal stations.
- ✔ Installed benches.
- ✔ Posted signage.
- Connected utilities.
- Installed agility area.
- ✔ Park open to public.
- The Portsmouth Dog Park is now open to the public daily from dawn to dusk!
- Portsmouth Dog Park static cling window stickers are free and available at the dog park when it is not raining while supplies last.