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Dog Park Festival planned for Sept. 9




During the same weekend as the International Festival, Peabody’s dogs will be having a party of their own. The Peabody Dog Festival, which is now in its second year, will be held to raise money for an off-leash dog park at Emerson Park, which is located at 34 Perkins St. The event will be held on Sept. 9 from noon to 4 p.m. at Emerson Park.

Tammy Ross, president of the Friends of Peabody Dog Park, said the first Dog Festival was held in 2015 and raised $1,200 despite a mild turnout. To date, the organization has raised $4,000 and has a goal of $20,000. The remaining costs will be covered by a grant the city received from the Stanton Foundation, “an organization that supports the development of enclosed dog parks in Massachusetts cities and towns.”

“This time around, we’re expecting more vendors and more attendees,” said Ross. “Peabody is the only city in the area without a dog park, so we’re very excited to see our efforts come to fruition.”

The festival will feature live music, agility and obedience demonstrations, contests and prizes.

Ross also said the Friends are continuing to accept sponsorships and are also selling memorial bricks that will be engraved and put in the new dog park.

Some of the 18 vendors at this year’s festival will include Gone To The Dogs, Lucky Dogs Day Care, Paws 4 A Cure, and Leash Love.

According to its website,, the Friends group came together four years ago and has been working with Mayor Edward Bettencourt as well as Parks and Recreation Director Jennifer Davis to find suitable area for the dog park. Corbeil Park in West Peabody was initially identified as a possible location; however, it was ultimately removed from contention following flooding and drainage problems. The 1.7-acre Emerson Park was subsequently chosen by city officials last year.

For additional information about the festival, call 978-595-1419 or send email to Anyone wishing to make a donation can send a check to Secretary/Treasurer Kathleen Giadone, 8 Jackson Ave., Peabody, MA 01960.

By Christopher Roberson

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