Bark It Up! Detroit’s first official dog park is NOW OPEN!

Get your park on!

Join us on SATURDAY, MAY 17 at 10 a.m. for our GRAND OPENING! Woofs all around!


FAQ and our Park Rules.

Q: Where is the dog park? 

A: The dog park is at the corner of 17th Street and Rose Street in Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood. The park is adjacent to the Michigan Central Station, and about a block south of Michigan Avenue. It’s open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. RulesSign_3x5_v1


Q: How much does it cost to join? 

A: $1,000,000 per dog :) Just kidding. The park is free and open to the public. There are no membership fees or key cards needed.


Q: Do my dogs need to be vaccinated? 

A: For the safety of your pet and others in the park, we ask that your dog be up to date on common vaccines, especially rabies.


Q: Do my dogs need a permit or a license to come to the park? 

A: We ask that your dog be in compliance with the licensing and registration rules of the municipality where you live, but there is no extra permit needed to use the dog park.


Q: Hang on. The park is already open? HOW? 

A: Thanks to an amazing contribution by PetSmart, the dog park was built in three days at the end of April. When you come to the site, you’ll see the PetSmart P.U.P. – a shipping container that holds everything you need to build a park, and because someone is a genius, the container becomes the double gate. So, the park’s official name is the PetSmart P.U.P.’s Detroit Dog Park. WOOHOO, PetSmart! Thank you!


Q: Hmm…what about my Kickstarter donation?

A: Originally, your donation was slated for building the park, ie., getting a fence up, the poop bags, the benches, etc. Because of PetSmart’s kindness, we can now use your donations to maintain and further improve the park. Thank you. Really.


Q: Is there a small dog section? 

A: Unfortunately, no. The park isn’t big enough to separate it. But we welcome small dogs – many of the ones who come to Dog Party run with the big dogs with no problems.


Q: Is there a breed restriction? 

A: No. All breeds are welcome, provided their owners are in control of them, and the dog is under voice command. All owners are asked to be communicative with each other and to separate/remove from the park their dog, if needed. This is a shared space.


Q: Well, what if a dog acts up?

A: All dogs have good days and bad, and we expect owners to be in tune with their pups. Regardless of breed, if your dog is not under your control, or is having a bad day, we ask you to take the dog out of the park. In other words, if your dog is used for personal protection, or has a history of interacting poorly with other dogs, the park may be too stressful for them. This is for your dog’s safety and the safety of other dogs who use the space.


Q: What about water? Poop bags?? Shelter???

A: Not yet. YES. Soon. We are looking into bringing water to the park, so for the meantime, please bring some with you. We have tons of waste bags on site, but it would be great if you brought some too. We are looking to build a shelter sometime soon, but in the meantime, visit our giant trees. They would love to shade you.


Q: Does this mean no more Dog Party? 

A: Dog Party will continue to be the third Saturday of the month at 11 a.m. Tiger Stadium on Michigan Avenue at Trumbull Street. We hope to see you there and at the permanent park – it’s right down the street.


Q: Is it okay to leave stuff in my car? 

A: No. Please don’t leave anything valuable inside your car. No. We can’t be responsible. No. Sorry.


Q: Is there a restroom on-site? 

A: No, but nearby are a few restaurants and such that may be able to help.


Q: Is it okay to bring my cat?

A: Detroit Cat Park is not yet operational. Please leave Felix at home. :)