April 2012

On one of those warm, dry, late March days, I took a walk at the Northampton Dog Park. This isn’t its official name, but it’s the one place in town where, by custom rather than ordinance, dogs run off-leash. Not owning a dog, I hadn’t had reason to go there before. But on this day, my companion was a dog-owner, and I was happy to visit it.

Most residents of Northampton know that this park abuts the Community Gardens, on the grounds of the former state hospital grounds. The last leg of one trail climbs the side of the hill. To the left is a wide expanse of grass, and near the top, a bench, sited between two large, ancient trees. A shaded place to sit and admire the stunning view.

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