Saturday, December 1, 2007

Fort Needham is Pretty Good!

Today me and Buttercup went to Fort Needham to check it out because it's one of the new pilot off-leash areas that's been set up by the city and we'd never been there before. It wasn't the best day to go as it turns out because it was super cold and the place is just like Seaview in that it's in the north end of the city and it's completely wide open and seems to be 10 degrees colder than anywhere else in the city when the wind is blowing. Buttercup ended up being inside my coat most of the time we were there because she's too old to be able to handle blowing cold wind. We still had a good time though.

I was surprised #1 how big the park is, and #2 how small the dedicated off leash area is - it seemed really unnecessary how small they made the dog area. I liked how there's about 3 or 4 entrances to the park though - there wouldn't be any congestion areas for people coming into the park like there is at Seaview - so nobody should get mobbed if they arrive at Fort Needham which is a good thing - and I was completely surprised that there actually poop bags in the poop bag dispenser! Yea!

This is a pictures of the memorial bell tower at Fort Needham - the yearly ceremony on December 6th is coming up in just a couple days that memorializes the Halifax explosion

As a note to this ceremony - I had an email from John Charles, the fellow who's in charge of the off leash implmentation pilot project - and during the day of the Halifax Explosion Memorial Ceremony - December 6th - Fort Needham will revert back to an on Leash Park from 5am to 12 noon in respect for the families and victims of the explosion - so please take this into consideration for this one day of the year
This picture and the next few show the dog area of the park.
Buttercup ensconced safely inside my coat.
Another shot of the dog area - well a dog area from 6am to 10am from November 1st to May 1st. It's a sports field within Fort Needham.
This is a part of the park that once I left the park and looked at the map of Fort Needham discovered that it's not actually a dog area. Poopy.

This is how I left Daisy at home - with a ginormous raw meaty bone. Charlie was limping really badly for some reason this morning, and I didn't want to leave him home alone - so I left him and Daisy with some recreational bones and took Buttercup by herself for our adventure. Charlie's bones are getting pretty old and rickety unfortunately. He's got good days and bad days and today was a bad day. Maybe tomorrow will be a good day and we can go somewhere.
Here's a couple shots taken last weekend at Fort Needham of a bunch of pugs sent to me by Krystle - there's a group of pug owners who have met up on Facebook and they're meeting up at Fort Needham to have playdates - isn't that awesome?
The next time they're planning on meeting up is December 16th at1 pm
Krystle's group on Facebook is at


  1. Are any of the off-leash areas fenced?

  2. Sara B10:53 AM

    i am also wondering if there is somewhere in the city where there is a completely fenced area. we went to seaview the other day but i was too concerned that Sophie would run out the other end, and she is unstopable. THANKS

  3. I think the Dartmouth Common is comletely fenced - it's over in Dartmouth (!) - off of Wyse Road - if you park in the parking lot across the street from the Dartmouth Sportspex on Wyse Road - that is the entrance I know - and there is a sign there that shows the off leash areas of the park. The HRM's map on their website is at

  4. Shit - I don't think the link to the map came all through - so I'll split it up - it's at