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Welcome to Barker Field, Richmond’s oldest dog park.

Barker Field Dog Park is a fenced, multi-acre dog park situated in Richmond’s Byrd Park behind the Carillon and Dogwood Dell outdoor theater. It’s a wooded site, with water, shelters, and seating.

Barker Field opened its gates in October of 1998 as Richmond’s first ‘official’ off-leash dog park. The city set aside the land with the agreement that most everything to make it a dog park would be provided by its patrons.  R-DOG, Richmond Dog Owners’ Group, raised money for the fence and managed Barker Field for its first years.

Friends of Barker Field organized in 2005 as a partner of Richmond Recreation and Parks Foundation, now Enrichmond Foundation. We are  recognized by the city as the group that manages Barker Field Dog Park.

With volunteer labor and private donations, we continually improve the facilities for both dogs and their owners.

Dog owners visit the park in all weathers. There are usually several dogs there, sometimes several dozen, playing and chasing each other around the park. There are separate areas for large and small dogs.

Join us in a social atmosphere, “where a dog can be a dog”.

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