Visit NoMa Bark Park
We are a membership-based dog park, so only registered dogs may enter the park. But interested individuals are welcome to stop by and check out the park without their pup before joining.
This policy is for the health and safety of all who visit the park, and requires all dogs’ owners to submit required documentation before membership tags are issued. This is in keeping with the requirements of the City of Columbia, which owns the land used by NoMa Bark Park.
What’s it like at the Bark Park?
A year after opening, the Bark Park made a video to City Council to thank them for helping make the Bark Park a reality. Please watch the video including Bark Park members and former Bark Park Committee Members, Rebecca Haynes and Virginia Bedford.
The NoMa (North Main) Bark Park is located along North Main Street in Earlewood Park in Columbia, SC! The street address is 1250 Parkside Drive, Columbia, SC 29201. The dog park itself is situated in Earlewood Park near North Main Street. There are walking trails throughout the park, including around the outside of the Bark Park, to explore with pups too!
When you enter Earlewood Park from North Main Street, you will see NoMa Bark Park immediately on your right. You will need to cross the bridge and park in that parking lot. Once you have your pups ready, walk them across the bridge and enter the Bark Park!
Human restrooms are available during standard business hours at the Parks and Recreation Building Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, but dogs cannot enter this building. There are stand-alone bathrooms that dogs can enter near the amphitheater and covered picnic tables midway up the park.
Earlewood Park – Daily Hours of Operation: 6:00 am – 9:00 pm
NoMa Bark Park, through Keep The Midlands Beautiful, adopted the section of Smith Branch Creek that runs next to the Bark Park! Keep the area clean of trash!
Please remember that your dog is required by law to be leashed in Earlewood Park! If you decide to allow your dog to wander off-leash outside of the fence, you do so at your own risk.
Our procedure only allows for registered members to enter NoMa Bark Park. This policy is for the health and safety of all who visit the park, and requires all dogs’ owners to submit required documentation before membership tags are issued. The regulation is in keeping with the requirements of the City of Columbia, which owns the land used by NoMa Bark Park as an off-leash area. Please try contacting one of the several other dog parks in the Columbia area. It’s possible one of those facilities does allow for day passes.
NoMa Bark Park is a non-profit organization dedicated solely to operating and maintaining the off-leash dog park within Earlewood Park. Membership fees are set at a rate to simply cover the costs of keeping the Bark Park running. Also, it’s important to note that the membership fees are for the remainder of an entire calendar year. If a member registers on March 31st by paying $25, and brings his/her dog to the park only once a week, that averages out to less than 65¢ per visit. Any members who register on or after July 1st pay just $15 for the remainder of the calendar year.
Submitting the required documentation with your application helps ensure that all dogs entering the Bark Park are healthy and up-to-date on shots. In the rare event that an aggressive incident were to occur, it’s important that there be records indicating all dogs involved have received necessary vaccinations. This policy is in keeping with the requirements of the City of Columbia, which owns the land used by NoMa Bark Park as an off-leash dog park.
As the Bark Park was being established, this policy was a primary concern of the City of Columbia when discussing the use of their land in Earlewood Park as a dog park. The Bark Park Board understands that many dogs are great with children and many children are wonderful with dogs, but having young kids in an enclosure with dogs off-leash could pose a safety risk. Founding members of the NoMa Bark Park Committee agreed to the Minimum Age Regulation required by the City of Columbia – and current Board members enforce this policy – so many dogs and their people can enjoy this wonderful space.
NoMa Bark Park Board encourages owners to resolve issues that arise at the Park amongst themselves. If you see someone who forgets the rules (i.e., forgets to pick up poop) politely introduce yourself, remind them of the rule, and thank them when they comply with the rule.
If a dialogue between owners is unsuccessful or if a person or dog is injured at the Park, the owners involved should submit a complaint to the Bark Park Board by emailing the Board Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
File an Incident Report located on our Grievance page. Please use this form to record and report any aggressive activity by a canine member that could endanger the health and/or safety of any dog or person entering the dog park. Responses will be forwarded to the Board Chair and Membership Coordinator.
The Bark Park Board, the group in charge of keeping NoMa Bark Park running, is comprised of several dedicated, dog-loving volunteers. The board meets often throughout the year to discuss Bark Park matters and is open to hearing from all Bark Park members. Ideas and concerns can be submitted via email to the Board Chair at email@example.com. Questions include if you are interested in volunteering or joining the Board, to request items or supplies for the park, or to report a needed repair.