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About B.A.R.C - Akron Dog Park


   BARC (Better Akron Recreation for Canines) is a 501 c3 non-profit organization, staffed entirely by volunteers.  BARC operates and maintains the Akron Dog Park exclusively through charitable donations from visitors, the public and fundraising events.


   In 2004, Akron Dog Park was created as a safe space where canine owners looking for Ohio dog parks could bring their dogs to exercise and socialize.  BARC opened Akron Dog Park with land and initial seed money provided by the City of Akron.  Currently, BARC continues to pay rent for the city owned land the dog park is on.


   The aim of BARC is to represent Ohio dog parks by acting as a resource for dog owners and to provide not only a safe and welcoming location to socialize, but also an educational experience.



President - Amanda Miller

Vice President - Andy Ford

Secretary - Noble Hopkins

Treasurer - Lori Oakes


Board Members


Daniel Chalupsky
Richie Anderson

Paul Oakes

   If you'd like to communicate with one or all of BARC's Board Members or Officers, please feel free to contact us.

BARC represents Ohio Dog Parks by providing safe and welcoming fun for dogs.
Features & Amenities


  • FREE year round visitation

  • Ample off-street parking

  • Secure double gated entry/exit pens

  • Fenced in grass gravel terrain for running and play space

  • Agility obstacles and doggie play equipment

  • Waste disposal stations (including complimentary bags)

  • Bench seating and shaded areas

  • Doggie drink station with fresh running water (seasonal)

  • Separate Small Dog Park exclusively for dogs weighing 30lbs or less and over 4 months in age.

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