The City of Niagara Falls will officially open the Niagara Falls Bark Park on Saturday, June 8. Everyone is welcome to attend the Grand Opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Light refreshments for dogs and dog lovers will be served.
This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. The Niagara SPCA and Humane Society will be joined by Storm’s Meat & Deli for a fundraising barbecue, plus Martindale Kennels will present a training demonstration. Niagara Falls PetSmart and Pet Valu will be there, too!
Designed for canines and their companions, the park offers two safe, beautiful areas for both dogs and people to socialize, exercise and relax. Paved, looping trails and gently sloping grassy areas allow for both leisurely strolls and more active play. Pet water stations provide fresh, clean drinking water and a convenient place to clean up before the ride home.
A variety of over 50 new tree plantings have replaced the old, decaying Ash trees. Maples, Gingkos, Locusts and other hardy, disease-resistant, native Carolinian saplings line the trails and will soon provide interest and shade on long summer days for years to come.
Photo Contest: #NFBARKPARK
We’d love to see your dog enjoying our new park! Share your photos on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using hashtag #NFBARKPARK for a chance to win one of two $100 prize packs from June 1 to June 30, 2019. For more contest information, visit our event page at facebook.com/cityofniagarafallscanada.
For the safety and enjoyment of all visitors to the Bark Park, here are a few friendly reminders about dog park etiquette and rules (the complete list is posted at each entrance):
- Go leash-free
Leashes in the parking lot and surrounding area are a must for safety, but leashes inside the leash-free areas can be confusing and hazardous. If you’re only comfortable when your dog is on-leash, why not try one of the City’s 100+ other beautiful parks or trails?
- Respect size and weight restrictions
Designated large and small dog areas reduce the risk of accidents and injuries. Let everyone enjoy the park at ease by respecting the size and weight restrictions.
- Do not bring any food, toys or glass containers into the park
Dog treats are most safely kept in the car, and not in your pocket or handbag. You never know who “would do anything” for a bit of freeze-dried liver. Plus, your dog doesn’t really want you to share his treats with anyone else. He may be friendly, but only you are his best friend.
- Update your dog licences and vaccinations
In Niagara Falls, all dogs must be licensed annually and wear a tag. Licences can be purchased on site at the Niagara Falls Humane Society or at a number of other locations including City Hall, the MacBain Community Centre and participating local pet stores. For more information, call 905-356-4404 or visit nfhs.ca.
For more information about the City’s off-leash dog parks, by-laws, rules & regulations, please visit niagarafalls.ca/dogparks.
About the Niagara Falls Bark Park
Located on the secluded grounds of the Niagara Falls Humane Society, 6025 Chippawa Parkway, in the south end of the City, the Niagara Falls Bark Park is the City’s second, leash-free dog park and a welcome addition to the City’s park system. Operated and maintained by the City of Niagara Falls, the park is open daily, year-round, from dawn to dusk.
“The Bark Park is the perfect complement to the Niagara Falls Dog Park, which our residents have enjoyed for many years. Everyone and their best friend should come and explore this beautiful new park in the south end of the City!” - Jim Diodati, Mayor of Niagara Falls
"We are very excited about the Bark Park opening at the Niagara Falls site of the Niagara SPCA and Humane Society. When Mayor Diodati approached us with the concept a couple of years ago, we agreed with enthusiasm. We are happy to partner with the city in bettering the lives of our dog owning citizens and their pets. We are also grateful to the city for all the work they have put in providing a safe and beautiful facility for everyone to enjoy. We hope that the dog park will mean more visitors to the shelter, and more pet adoptions. We look forward to a successful partnership. " - John Greer, Executive Director, Niagara SPCA and Humane Society
For more information, contact:
City of Niagara Falls, Recreation & Culture Department
905-356-7521 ext. 3336