Greenwich Avenue, The Common & Havemeyer Field

290 Greenwich Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830


Activities: Walking, Dog Socializing

Last Visit: 2020

Notes: I recommend parking in the “Benedict South Lot” on the corner of Benedict Pl. and Lewis St. towards the top of The Avenue. There is no charge for parking after 5PM and on Sundays.

“Walking The Aveneue” is one of my favorite winter-time activities with the dog. When the sun sets early and the streets become dangerous or snow-covered, Greenwich Avenue provides a safe and pleasant place to walk… especially around Christmas when the stores and the town decorate the street (budgets permitting).

That’s not to say spring, summer or fall visits shouldn’t be made! Many stores are dog friendly and several even regularly provide water and treats (Orvis and Marmot often have doggy snacks on hand for four-legged visitors). And on warm evenings the avenue is lined with diners eating al fresco, meaning there is often wonderful things for the dogs to sniff at.

Smack in the middle of The Avenue is Greenwich Common, a recently renovated and lovely little park that is joined to Havemeyer Field. The Field is a large ball field with a track surrounding it. Many people let their dogs off-leash in this area, though it is technically not permitted.

Both along the avenue and in the adjoining parks you are destine to run into other friendly dogs and owners. My dog, however, is far more interested in the bunnies that populate St. Mary’s Church yard and Greenwich Common.

If you want a longer walking route, you can easily loop down through Roger Sherman Baldwin Park and walk along the water to the boardwalk behind The Delamar Hotel. If you’re really feeling energetic, walk all the way down Steamboat Road – there is a beautiful (and newly restored) pier at the end.

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  1. Hello

    I am thinking of moving to Greenwich and have a young standard poodle. Are the places you mention in Greenwich Common and Havermyer field still possible off leash areas (even if unofficially). Is the Bruce PArk playground a good place for off leash. The Grass Island Dog Park sounds awful. It ‘s important to me to have places I can take him off leash preferably within walking distance of central greenwich if I should move there or Old Greenwich. Thank you for your advice!
    Best,Elena Mannes

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