Columbia’s newest dog park is located along North Main Street (NOMA) Earlewood Park. With easy access from surrounding neighborhoods, the park provides opportunities to play and socialize for dogs and owners alike. Amenities include resting benches, water fountains, shade trees and convenient pet-waste disposal stations — as well as separate small dog and large dog play areas.
The NOMA Bark Park operates through the Earlewood Community Citizens Organization (ECCO), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The NOMA Bark Park Committee of ECCO is responsible for managing the dog park. This committee is composed of seven volunteers from the downtown neighborhoods who are also members of the NOMA Bark Park. Questions or concerns should be addressed to the committee chair at email@example.com.
Membership is $25 per year per dog. Dogs are required to be spayed/neutered and vaccinated. If a City of Columbia or Richland County resident, a current pet license is required, even if you are a student (from either the City of Columbia or Richland County). Please consult the policies and procedures of the NOMA Bark Park Committee. The bark park should be a fun, happy and healthy place for everyone. Failure to comply with the rules will revoke your membership rights.
Rules of Membership
Owners are legally and financially responsible for any and all injuries to people or dogs caused by their pet. Dog owners/handlers must be at least eighteen (18) years of age in order to obtain a permit. Persons accompanying a permit holder inside the Dog Park must be at least ten (10) years of age and strictly supervised.
Dog owners must remain with their dog(s) in the park at all times and keep their dog(s) in sight at all times. While not in the fenced area, dogs must be leashed.
All dogs must wear a collar at all times.
Owners must immediately leash dogs showing aggressive behavior towards people or other dogs. Incidents of aggressive behavior should be reported to the management committee and may result in the loss of membership privileges
Dog owners must pick up and throw away dog waste
Bowls or other containers are not allowed inside the Dog Park. Watering sources are provided for use by Dog Park permit holders.
Food, including long-lasting dog chews, is not allowed in the fenced area at any time. However, small, bite-sized training treats are permitted.
Balls, frisbees and other dog toys are permitted provided the use of such toys does not provoke aggressive behavior.
If a City of Columbia or Richland County resident, each dog must have a pet license. Dog must be spayed or neutered and current on shots (rabies/Dhlpp). Puppies must be older than 4 months.
Smoking is not allowed inside the Dog Park.
Only dogs under 30 lbs are allowed in the small dog fenced area.
Each dog must be registered prior to entering the park. Actions related to intentionally allowing non-registered dogs into the park can result in loss of membership.
All applicants are encouraged to register online by clicking the green Join Groupbox to the left; however, a copy of the paper application is provided below. If you submit your application and the other required documentation by mail, please allow 2 weeks for processing. Thank you!