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.