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It’s been an amazing year!

December is just around the corner, so with 2019 coming to a close we’d like to look back at what a great year this was for the FOSDP and our supporters.


We were finally able to open Phase I of the Scituate Dog Park! The Grand Opening on September 28 was a success. Dozens of dogs and their humans came out to celebrate and we raised over $300 in donations. We were especially honored to have Senator Patrick O’Connor and State Rep. Patrick Kearney in attendance and were beyond humbled when they awarded Friends of Scituate Dog Park an Official Citation in recognition of the opening of the Scituate Dog Park.


On October 26, our 3rd Annual Howl-oween Fundraiser was another successful event. Fantastic raffle and silent auction items, generous sponsors, and wonderful guests helped us raise approximately $5,000 toward Phase II ~ the small dog park.


It's your last chance this year to contribute to Phase II and the annual upkeep of Scituate's beloved new dog park. With your help, we may be able to get the small dog park built next year.


Here’s how you can join our efforts:

• Make a tax deductible gift Click Here to Donate

• Volunteer with us

• Help us get the word out on social media by sharing, tagging and liking our posts

• Take videos/photos of your dog/s having fun at the Scituate Dog Park, share why FOSDP matters to you, tag us, and post them on your social platforms


Together, we can raise the $100K needed to build Phase II, but it’s only possible with the generosity of people like you.


With deepest thanks,

The Friends of Scituate Dog Park Board Members


October  2019

Click here to see our October Newsletter!


September  2019

Phase I Grand Opening on September 28!


THE SCITUATE DOG PARK will officially open on September 28!


The Friends of Scituate Dog Park (FOSDP) is excited to announce the GRAND OPENING of the Scituate Dog Park on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 10:00-12:00!


Activities include an official ribbon cutting at 10am and a “running of the dogs ~ into the park!” at 10:30. There will be food, music, local vendors, and an opportunity to buy a FOSDP T-shirt.


“What a long way we’ve come from an idea that started on a Scituate Facebook page,” says Board Member Britain Davis.


Lisa Huffman, President of FOSDP says “This park started with an idea over 3 years ago and has finally happened. There are so many people to thank. First and foremost, Town Engineer, Sean McCarthy.  His dedication and support to this project has been invaluable.  We also must thank Town Administrator, Jim Boudreau, all the board members (past and present), and, of course, the many donors to this park. In addition to the Stanton Foundation and CPC grants, it was the money from individual contributions and generous donations from local supporters including Driftway Animal Hospital, Ringer Excavating Corp., Elizabeth Wiza, George and Claudia McKenna, and Michelle Anne Murphy (Realtor), and many more, that ultimately got us to this point.”



Board Secretary, Kerry Tondorf, added “It’s heartwarming to see how much love and hard work has gone into this project.  So many people have donated not only their time and energy but trees, benches, flowers, water bubblers, etc.  It’s truly a Scituate park — created by dog-loving people — and something Scituate can truly be proud of.”


There will be a 3-day GRAND OPENING sale of bricks for the brick walkway to be installed this fall.  It is a buy one brick, get one half-price sale. It is available for 3 days only – Saturday September 28 – Monday September 30th.  Order forms will be available at the park on Saturday or can be ordered on-line at You can put any inscription you like on these bricks including family or business names.   The 90+ orders already received consist of dogs, family and business names as well as birthday wishes, blessings for cats and loving memories of four-legged friends no longer with us.  Anyone who has already ordered a brick can also receive a  2nd brick for half-price.


FOSDP will continue fundraising to complete Phase II of the park — a 1/2 acre area exclusively for smaller dogs. All contributions are greatly appreciated!


Join FOSDP for the 3rd Annual Howl-oween Fundraiser at The Barker Tavern on October 26th from 7-11pm. Tickets are only $50/person and are on sale now through our Facebook page and Eventbrite!  There are also 4 VIP tables that seat 10 for $475.


The public is welcome to join us on Saturday, Sept. 28th and dogs are welcome at 10:30 to try it out!



FOSDP Board Members Daniel Joyce (Treasurer) and Lisa Huffman (President) enjoy a quiet moment on one of the two benches
donated by Driftway Animal Hospital and the  Wiza and Kemp Families.


June 2019


Ted Ringler, of Scituate’s own Ringler Excavating, working on the water installation at the soon-to-be completed Scituate Dog Park, which he generously donated to FOSDP.




Scituate’s newest park will be opening this summer. Dogs and their humans will soon have a place to run free (off-leash) in a safe and friendly environment. The Town and the Friends of Scituate Dog Park had originally planned for a September completion date for the dog park, but Green Acres Landscape & Construction Co. Inc. is on track to complete the park by mid summer.


This exciting news means we need to fast-track our fundraising efforts for the park amenities. Friends of Scituate Dog Park (FOSDP) has launched a campaign to raise funds to furnish the park with water stations, waste receptacles, benches and a brick walkway. Community support is more important than ever. Lisa Huffman, President of FOSDP, said that plans were underway to fundraise all summer, but now the pressure is on to secure park amenities sooner. “We are all so excited to show off this park with everything in place. We never thought Green Acres would complete it so quickly!”


FOSDP is looking for donors interested in sponsoring park amenities that will come with custom name/business plaques. “This is a great way for local businesses to advertise and support the park,” says Huffman.


We all love our Scituate dogs and we’re thrilled to finally be bringing a safe, secure dog park to our community.  Let’s be the envy of all the South Shore towns and help make it an amazing park!  Donate today!


Visit for more info. Click on the Events page to order a customized brick or contact FOSDP at for information on amenity sponsorships.


Stay tuned for more information on the Grand Opening this summer!


Scituate 5K9

The First Annual Scituate 5K9 took place on May 19th and was a huge success. Over 100 people signed up and nearly that many ended up running, walking or handcycling the race. What made this event so unique was that, in addition to the human entrants, there were about 30 dogs who ran the race with their two-legged companions!


The winners:

Kevin Lerardi, 16 years old, from Hingham was the first male to cross the finish line.

Jamie Lynn Patterson, 32 years old, from Scituate was the first female to finish.

Congratulations and thank you to everyone who came out to support Friends of Scituate Dog Park.


Extra special thanks to:

Rachel Naclerio and her team of 10 volunteers for all of their hard work in securing local sponsors and organizing this successful event to benefit FOSDP.


Dr. Siobhan Burke of Driftway Animal Hospital. The race wouldn’t have been possible without the generous Event Sponsorship you provided.


Together, this wonderful team raised a little over $4,000 and, after expenses, will be donating $2,885 to the Scituate Dog Park.  We are grateful beyond words and hope that a Second Annual Scituate 5K9 will be in the works for next year.


April 2019

At the Scituate Board of Selectman meeting on April 2, the BOS voted unanimously to award the bid to build the Scituate Dog Park to Green Acres Landscape & Construction of Lakeville, MA for $282,723.  The funding to pay for the construction services will come from The Stanton Foundation ($225,000 grant), the Scituate CPC ($48,700 grant), and a donation of $9,023 made by the non-profit Friends of Scituate Dog Park.  FOSDP will also donate the water service installation thanks, in part, to Ted Ringler, Owner, Ringler Excavating Corp. of Scituate who will be providing the work for the water installation as a donation to the non-profit.  Thank you Ted!


We are expecting to break ground in early May with completion of the park by the end of September.


There are not enough words to express how grateful we are for everyone who has supported us through this long journey.  While we will continue to fundraise for amenities, maintenance costs, and the addition of Phase II, we are thrilled to be moving forward with Phase I and getting Scituate the Dog Park it so desperately needs and deserves.


In addition to the FOSDP Board Members and our wonderful supporters, we’d like to thank Sean McCarthy, DPW Engineering Supervisor, for his tireless efforts to help us navigate the ins and outs of Town projects and for being the liaison with The Stanton Foundation.  His assistance has truly been invaluable.



Are you a friend of the Scituate Dog Park?  Sign up for our monthly newsletter and you'll receive up-to-date information on the progress of our new park.  Plus, we’d love to feature pictures of the dogs who will soon be using the Scituate Dog Park so send us a photo of your best friend! To sign up and send photos, please email


In addition to our monthly newsletter, check out the EVENTS page for our upcoming fundraisers!


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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