New England’s first year-round indoor dog park and bar opens to the public on Thursday, April 13
Park-9 Dog Bar welcomes dogs to bring their humans to the Boston area’s first and only indoor dog park and bar in Everett beginning April 13, 2023. A Leash Cutting Ceremony is scheduled at 5 pm, before DJ Petro cues in the public at 5:30 p.m.
Park-9 was created by spouses Emily Gusse and Tess Kohanski alongside Chris Kohanski to provide dogs, dog parents and dog lovers (canine companions not required) a clean and comfortable space to play and gather year-round. Park-9’s Dog Care team of dedicated and highly trained Park Rangers will ensure every dog receives the care and attention they deserve.
Relax and play within multiple on- and off-leash areas (both indoors and out) with a cocktail, craft beer, or glass of wine in hand. The Bob Barker (Tito’s Handmade Vodka, fresh lemon, blueberry, mint) kicks off Park-9’s rotating cocktail for a cause. From each Bob Barker sold, Park-9 will donate $1 to Sweet Paws Rescue (https://www.sweetpawsrescue.org/). Tito’s Handmade Vodka will also be matching Park-9’s donation up to $1,000.
“Inspired by Tess and I craving a fun environment where our golden retriever Nora felt welcomed, Park-9 provides an indoor space where dogs can safely play during the dead of winter as well as during the hot summer months,” says Park-9 Co-Founder Emily Gusse. “Chris, Tess and I not only opened Park-9 to be welcoming of all breeds, but also an inclusive space for humans of all ages to hang out with their dog and friends while also having a drink and watching a game.”
“As Park-9 is steps from the Northern Strand Community Trail and among the area’s premier breweries and distilleries, we are proud to potentially be introducing a new pack to the area and to others in the dog community,” says Co-Founder Tess Kohanski, who also serves on the Board of the Everett Chamber of Commerce. “Everett is a dynamic city and we’re excited to be a part of the vibrant community and have a positive impact.”
Cocktails & Treat/Food Menus: The elevated indoor dog park and bar experience is matched with an equally carefully curated bar program from General Manager Andrea Bergner and Bar Manager Michelle Gitschier. Fresh juices and herbs are mixed with quality spirits in playfully named, seasonal craft cocktails like the Double Dog Dareand Snoop D-O-GG as well as Zero-Proof options like the All Bark, No Bite. The primarily New England-based beer list highlights draft beers from breweries like nearby Night Shift Brewing and New Hampshire’s Smuttynose Brewing Company. Cans, ciders and seltzers include producers Lawson’s Finest Liquids and Artifact Cider. Red, white, rosé, orange and sparkling wines can be ordered by the glass or bottle and include female-made/owned producers and offerings made organically and/or sustainably.
Pups can join in on the fun with Good Boy Dog Beer. Additionally, select cocktails feature a recommended dog treat pairing. Treats can also be ordered à la carte or in flights, with premium and gourmet offerings from Massachusetts-based Polka Dog Bakery and Preppy Puppy Bakery.
Outside food and treats are not permitted. Food can be ordered from rotating local partners to be consumed in Park-9’s on-leash seating areas. For Bar and Treat menus, log on to www.park9dogbar.com
Space: Dog Care Manager Carly Beckwith and Park-9’s pack of Park Rangers ensures that all pups within the bar and play areas – and during daycare – have an enjoyable and safe experience.
Meticulously designed with canines and humans in mind, Park-9 provides over 10,000 square feet of multiple indoor on- and off-leash areas along with an outdoor turf run. Pull up a seat at one of two bars, get comfortable in the lounge (complete with TVs), view all the action from the picnic platform or stadium seating or meet new smaller four-legged friends within the small dog pen areas. All areas of Park-9 are ADA accessible, and a gender-neutral restroom is available.
Throughout the 5,000-square-foot indoor off-leash park, epoxy floor was chosen as it is easy on paws as well as for cleanup. Park-9 follows daily robust cleaning protocols, with deep cleaning occurring once a week. Waste bags and dog-safe cleaning solutions are placed throughout the facility for owners’ use during their visit.
Rules, Requirements & Pricing: All dogs will need to be registered with Park-9 via Gingr (https://park9dogbar.portal.gingrapp.com/#/public/login) to confirm age, current vaccinations (rabies, DHLPP/Da2PP and Bordetella), and are spayed or neutered (after one year of age). All dogs entering Park-9 must also be at least four months old, flea and tick free and properly socialized for group play. Two dogs allowed per owner during their visit.
Upon arrival at Park-9, dogs will be checked in with their Gingr profile. Paying dog members receive unlimited access to Park-9’s unique dog-friendly facilities, enjoy access to a variety of events, and other member perks. Membership begins at $460 per year or $45 per month for the first dog. Drop-in Day Passes are $10 per dog Monday through Thursday and $15 per dog Friday through Sunday. Discounts are offered for owners for each additional dog.
Full rules, regulations and pricing can be found at www.park9dogbar.com. At-home preregistration is highly encouraged.
Park-9 Dog Bar is located at 48 Waters Ave #1, Everett, Mass. Park-9 Dog Bar will be open daily: Monday through Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday beginning at 9 a.m. Daycare will be offered Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests can park at the Park-9’s dedicated lot, on the street (no-permit required), or at the free public parking lot at 1 Rivergreen Dr.
Visit www.park9dogbar.com and follow @park9dogbar on Instagram to learn more about Park-9 Dog Bar and for the latest information. Details about Dog Daycare can also be found on Park-9’s website. Temperament testing for Dog Daycare will begin after opening.