The Sandy Bottom Bark Park is a fun place for your pup to frolic and play. Located within the Sandy Bottom Nature Park, your pooch can roam the 465-acre land with your while on-leash, or your pup can run free at the fenced-in, off-leash Bark Park. You will spot the bark park easily by the cute and distinctive signs with dog's faces on them.
The dog park is approximately three-quarters of an acre of space for your pup to roam in. Your dog can chase other dogs, play with a favorite ball, or simply chase his own tail. If those don’t suit your pup, the park has obstacles for your pup to play on, such as stairs to climb. No matter what your pup is doing, there are places for you to sit and watch them.
Your doggie can also grab a gulp of water from a water fountain after running around if they want. The ground is primarily covered in dirt, so it's dusty when dry and muddy when wet, but there are plenty of trees to provide adequate shade as well as communication hubs for your dog and their four-legged friends. If your dog needs to leave any communication worthy of a pooper-scooper, be sure to bring a bag and pick it up right away.
Also, do not let your dog into the park if your dog is a pup under four months or if your dog is an aggressive dog. Dogs in heat are also unwelcome. Your dog should be under your command when in the park and dogs should be closely monitored. Discourage excessive barking and digging; if your pup digs any holes, please fill them in before you leave. New visitors to the park must register their dog before entering.
To register, you must have proof of your dog's residence as well as up-to-date rabies, bordetella, parvo, and canine distemper vaccinations. Registration is available on weekdays at City Hall on the fifth floor or at the Sandy Bottom Nature Park Nature Center. It costs $10 for the first dog in your household and $5 for any additional dogs. These fees cover a one-year membership, and there is a $5 replacement fee for lost tags.