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Tell Us About Your Dog Park
For our story on the state of the state of dog parks
Do you have a great dog park?

As many of you know, Bark was founded in 1997, as a newsletter to advocate for off-leash dog parks in Berkeley, Calif. Since then we’ve grown into a glossy magazine but we continue to follow the progress of off-leash areas across the country, from Provincetown to Seattle to Minneapolis and beyond.

 
For our summer issue, we’re looking at the state of dog parks—and we need your input. Where are the wide-open spaces? The parks loaded with amenities? Fabulous water access? Meandering trails? Which are the small, smart parks that fill a community's needs perfectly? Which boast strong community engagement?
 
We want the whole story, so if you see problems at your park or face obstacles in starting or keeping one running, tell us about that too. What can we learn from these challenges?
 
If you’re involved in launching or maintaining a park, we’d love to hear what’s working and what’s not—from smart fencing options and erosion control to keeping volunteers motivated and neighbors happy.
 
We’re as excited about off-leash areas as we have ever been. But as we move into the third decade of these dedicated play zones, we want to expand our horizons and find ways to ensure that opportunities for leash-free play keep getting better.
 
Please tell us about your dog park experiences, comment here or email us at webeditor@thebark.com.

 

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Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom. lisawogan.com
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Submitted by Donna S | March 28 2011 |

I got to visit the dog park in Macon Ga a few weeks ago for Pawpalooza. Its a benefit for the park keepers and local rescues. The park is free, off leash and man I was so impressed with it. There is water for the dogs to play in, bridges for them, vast grass to run in, and two different places for small dogs (Or shy dogs) and large dogs. The fencing is sturdy and beautiful. They do such a great job keeping it up and providing a safe, lovely place for dogs to play and their people/families to come and enjoy watching them be dogs. Tyler's Place, Macon Dog Park in Macon Georgia, makes me wish one like this were in every city/town across the US, for all to enjoy.

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