Fenced-In, Secure Dog Park | ADA Compliant

501(c)(3) MA Registered Non-Profit


March 2019

The bids are in and we have enough funds to build Phase I of the Scituate Dog Park!

Stay tuned for more details AND come celebrate with us as we march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Sunday, March 17 at 1 pm.


February 2019

Friends of Scituate Dog Park is very excited to announce that we have made much progress in the past few months! Fundraising has been top priority for us as well as fine-tuning the physical plans for the Park. After many meetings with Sean McCarthy, Supervisor Scituate DPW, and Justin Lamoureux, Senior Engineer with the Horsley Witten Group, we are one giant step closer to reaching our goal of bringing a Dog Park to Scituate!


In order to break ground this spring, we have narrowed the scope of our initial project and will develop the Dog Park in two phases.


Phase I will create a one acre Dog Park that will be available for all dogs, big and small. We are on track to put Phase I out for public bid in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!


Phase II will provide for the addition of a smaller, half acre park that will be solely for small dogs.  Phase II will be developed when funds raised meet the additional expense.


Even with this two Phase approach, and the large amount of Grant funding we received from The Stanton Foundation and the Scituate CPC, we still need to raise additional funds to furnish the park with doggy water bubblers, benches, waste stations, and more. We will soon be launching a Fundraising Campaign that will offer individuals and local businesses opportunities to sponsor these necessary amenities for the park. If you would like to contribute to improving our town and making Scituate a more pet-friendly community, please contact us at and one of our Executive Committee Members will be happy to contact you to discuss details.


Speaking of the Executive Committee, in December, terms for a few of our Members came to an end. The Board nominated and voted unanimously on our new Executive Committee which is comprised of Lisa Huffman (President), Susan Grondine Dauwer (Vice President), Daniel Joyce (Treasurer), and Kerry Tondorf (Secretary).


On behalf of the Executive Committee and the entire FOSDP Board, we’d like to, once again, acknowledge all of the local businesses and individuals who have made significant contributions to us over the past year….


Driftway Animal Hospital, The Village Market, Olympus Grille, Mill Wharf Marina, Donna’s Do Right Dogs, Arthur and Susan Dauwer, Elizabeth Wiza, Keith and Colleen Walo, Michelle Anne Murphy, Elaine Cole, and Nilah MacDonald. And to everyone else who has donated, purchased tickets to our Howl-ween Fundraiser, volunteered, etc., thank you for your continued support.  We couldn’t do this without you and are looking forward to sharing more good news in the coming months.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and at for the latest updates.  Until then, we anxiously await, along with our four-legged friends, to have our Happiness Unleashed.


October 2018

The Howl-oween Fundraiser exceeded our expectations...raising twice as much funds as 2017!


Check out the link below for highlights of the event from The Scituate Mariner.


With the success of this event in our rear view mirror, we look forward to our next Fundraising Campaign and continuing our work with the Town to cut construction costs and get a new bid process started.



Friends of Scituate Dog Park is now a registered non-profit on Amazon Smile so you can help the Dog Park every time you shop.


A Memorial Brick Fundraiser is planned. We will share details as soon as the Town has an accepted bid on our Project.


August 2018

It’s been a very busy summer trying to bridge the gap between our grants, current fundraising dollars, and the cost of the bids for construction of the park.  We are forever grateful to all of our Friends who continue to support us through the ups and downs of getting the Scituate Dog Park built.  Whether we’re collecting at the Transfer Station or in our booth at Heritage Days, so many of you stop by to say hello, inquire about the status of the park, and to donate.  Your continued support keeps us going.  Thank you!


We’re looking forward to our 2nd Annual Howl-oween Fundraiser this October 20th at The Barker Tavern.  Thanks to Scituate’s own, Amity Noble of Dogs Go Hiking, this event will feature South Shore favorite, The Aldous Collins Band!  If you haven’t heard of them, check out the August edition of South Shore Living or, better yet, come see them at our event. You won’t be disappointed.


Putting on this event wouldn’t be possible without the hard-working, enthusiast team of volunteers that joined our Fundraising Committee this spring.  To date, they have brought in Gold Sponsor, Driftway Animal Hospital; Silver Sponsor, Arthur and Susan Dauwer; and Bronze Sponsor, The Village Market; plus countless raffle and auction items that are sure to bring in big biscuits (err, I mean, bucks).  If you or your business would like to be a Sponsor for this event, please visit our Sponsorship page for more information or contact Lisa Huffman at 781-556-5373 or


Lastly, we are thrilled to welcome our new Secretary, Susan Dauwer.  Sue got involved with the Fundraiser last year and provided some wonderful gift baskets and a fantastic design sense when it came to decorating The Barker.  We are so glad she’s now become a permanent member of our team.


Enjoy these fleeting Dog Days of Summer and we look forward to seeing you at the Howl-oween Fundraiser.  Please visit our Events page to order your tickets.


June 2018


The bids for construction of the Dog Park came in much higher than we anticipated. Despite the grants we have received and all of your generous donations, we still do not have enough money to cover construction of the Dog Park at this time. We have been working with the Town and the Stanton Foundation (which is providing the bulk of our funding) to make sure all of the requirements of the Stanton Foundation Grant are met. The delay in construction enables us to open up more opportunities to local businesses (in the form of Sponsorships) and to plan more exciting Fundraising events. Details of the Sponsorship Campaign will come in the following weeks.


We have also had changes to the leadership of the Board which we feel will provide more transparency and better communication overall. The Board also welcomed a new Treasurer, Scituate resident (and dog owner), Dan Joyce. We have a vacancy open for the position of Secretary. If you are interested, please contact Lisa Huffman (781-470-9589). In the meantime, we thank you for your continued support and are hopeful that we’ll have good news to share soon.


March 2018


Final construction funding application has been sent to the Stanton Foundation, pending approval. Bids will be accepted very soon, please monitor bid postings in the Scituate Mariner in the near weeks.


Site Plan and architectural design have been approved by the Conservation Commission and also by the Planning Board. This is what we've been working towards, and waiting for! This is also the key part of the permitting process and then bidding. This now gives us what we need to submit for final construction grant funding. Thanks to Architect Justin Lamoureux, P.E. of Horsley Witten Group and the entire Town Engineering department (Sean McCarthy).




























November 2017


Surveys are complete. The architects and civil engineers are now drafting the plan to send to the Stanton Foundation. We expect to break ground sometime in January, then approximately 3 weeks of excavation and construction. Stay tuned for more updates!


October 21, 2017

Annual Fundraising Event

Please join us for the Scituate Dog Park Howl-oween Fundraiser which will be held at The Barker Tavern on October 21, 2017
to celebrate the opening of the Scituate Dog Park. The evening will feature a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, dancing,
live entertainment from Scituate's own Doc Ellis Band, photo booth, premier raffles, and dessert.


May 25, 2017

Scituate Dog Park expected to open late summer – Wicked Local News


April 28th, 2017

Dog Park Approved!

The first official dog park for Scituate and the South Shore, met with voting approval at the Scituate Town Hall meeting on April 27th.  Design, location, concept, grant funding and now community of Scituate residents, approved. Construction begins this summer.
Special thanks to Adrienne Rowles, Britain Davis, Courtney Jones, Lisa Huffman, Kim Darian Stewart, Andrew Boyle, Susannah Green,
Dennis Moran, Greg Morse, Rob Dockendorf, John McGlaughlin, Laura Harbottle, Sandy Johnson,
all the town officials and staff, and the CPC committee.



Scituate: Town Meeting Approves Several CPA Projects – 95.9 WATD


April 1, 2017

Scituate Dog Park gets a new website!


March 4, 2017

Approval received for incorporating as a non-profit, 501c3 organization

Friends of Scituate Dog Park applied for and was subsequently approved for non-profit 501(c)(3) status through the IRS and with the state of Massachusetts. There are several tax benefits that come along with the 501(c)(3) status. The most important of these benefits is for you —  all your donations to help bring a dog park to Scituate are tax-deductible!


Friends of the Scituate Dog Park EIN:  81-5272021


March 2, 2017

Scituate Dog Park opens a new Facebook page!



January 14, 2016

Scituate Barking for New Dog Park – Wicked Local News





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