Whale’s Tail Memorial by Robert Koch, above; fire hydrant by Ilene Charles, below.
This being Provincetown, there would be no place for a utilitarian dog run; especially since a mastiff and a springer spaniel were among the passengers aboard the Mayflower — or so says the nonprofit Provincetown Dog Park Association, which opened this park in 2008 on a one-acre strip of the original Route 6 right of way. There are two off-leash runs, one of them set aside especially for smaller dogs, 25 pounds and under. Artists have contributed substantially to the park. Whale’s Tail Memorial by Robert Koch is a tall steel sculpture that could also be taken as an eternal flame, rising over brick and bluestone pavers inscribed with personal, intimate tributes.
A delightful gingerbread shed was contributed by the Provincetown artist Jody Melander, of Atkins-Mayo Road, who specializes in the construction of what she calls “Poetic Spaces,” or backyard dream houses. Hand-crafted of wood, they are typically less than 100 square feet and cost $9,000 and up. Her house at Pilgrim Bark Park was donated in memory of the dog Zoey. Other artists with works in the park include Susan Baker, Katherine Baltivik, Ilene Charles, Greg Clemence, Candice Crawford, Mike Kacergis, Nicoletta Poli, Julian Popko, Brenda Silva and Chris Williams.
Due in no small measure to this amenity, Dog Fancy magazine named Provincetown “America’s most dog-friendly city” in 2010. The editor, Ernie Slone, was quoted as saying:
It is remarkable to have an entire town where virtually every establishment opens its doors to dogs – even the bank Where else can you take your dog along for a whale-watching or sunset cruise, walk miles of off-leash scenic beaches year-round and enjoy one of the nation’s finest dog parks? Provincetown nearly swept our major awards this year, with its Pilgrim Bark Park finishing at No. 2 in our national ratings of dog parks.
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Brenda Silva, artist.
Whales, by Greg Clemence.
Poetic Space, by Jody Melander, in memory of Zoey.