The Boston Parks and Recreation Department has announced that Beecher Street Park will no longer be an off-leash area. Dogs are still allowed in the park, but now need to be leashed. Parks and Recreation Commissioner Chris Cook wrote a letter (posted below) to the Beecher Street Park Community expressing that two main opinions have been asserted in the last year about the park: "the need for open space for dogs in densely populated Jamaica Plain, and the difficulty of living near a dog park in such close quarters." Ultimately, the dogs' need for open space lost out, as Cook wrote, "...we have made the decision to discontinue the use of Beecher Street Park as an off-leash dog area." Cook said the department has tried to find alternative spaces for dogs in JP, but so far have been unsuccessful.