For questions about how to join, lost tags,
or other Bark Park access issues. Please email us at


Google Voice Number: (803) 994-WOOF (994-9663)
While we don’t have a Bark Park office, we have set up a Google Voice account to be monitored by our Membership Coordinator.  Please note that our phone number is merely a message line. Your call cannot be returned unless a voicemail is recorded for our Membership Coordinator.

Mailing Address: NOMA Bark Park, PO Box 3232, Columbia, SC 29230

Physical Address: 1250 Parkside Drive, Columbia, SC 29201

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NoMa Bark Park Board:

Bark Park Board Chair:
Contact for other questions or if you are interested in volunteering or joining the Board, to request items or supplies for the park, or to report a needed repair.

Michele Affronte-McCausland, Chair


 Robert Davis, Treasurer

Robert Davis, Treasurer


 Tom Kelly

Tom Kelly


 Kristen Larsen

Kristen Larsen, Secretary




Annual Events

Annual Birthday Bash!

The Bark Park opened on January 16, 2011 and every January we celebrate its birthday!
We hold the party outside the park with dog-friendly vendors and food for people and pups! We have lots of great giveaways! Only current Bark Park Canine members will be allowed inside the off-leash area, but all family, friends and pet enthusiasts are encouraged to attend.

Annual Meeting

All members are welcome at every board meeting. In February, we have our annual meeting where we give a comprehensive report about the previous year, including annual expenses and problems that were fixed or will be fixed. This is a chance to meet with board members and discuss any concerns or requests about the Bark Park. These meetings are people only events – no dogs allowed.

Board Meetings

All NoMa Bark Park Board meetings are open to members unless an incident requires part of the meeting to be in executive session. If you have a concern you would like to speak to the board about, please email the chair at Your request can be added to the next meeting agenda. Meetings are typically conducted in the evening on the first Monday of the month at the Recreation Center in Earlewood Park. The Board is always eager to hear from Bark Park members.

Howloween Bash


Grab your dog and join us for a fun afternoon filled with dog-friendly vendors, drawings for donated prize baskets and treats, and food for people and pups! Vendors include trainers, makers of leashes and dog clothes, and dog treat makers!

We have a dog costume contest with local celebrity judges that have included Mayor Steve Benjamin, Steve Varholy from 99.3 WXRY, Founding Committee Member Rebecca Haynes, and Andy Smith from the Nickelodeon. We have also had a pup inclusive scavenger hunt, hot dog bobbing for pups, corn hole games, Pup Photo Booth, and a Paw Painting Booth! Costumes are encouraged!

Smith Branch Creek Clean-Up

We have worked to help restore the banks of Smith Branch Creek, including cleaning up trash and bramble from the creek and planting donated trees. We adopted the section of Smith Branch Creek next to the Bark Park! We have regular creek cleanups in the Spring and Fall to keep our adopted creek looking beautiful and help our community.

Dog Behavior Trainings

NoMa Bark Park is proud to present dog behavior seminars, with Teoti Anderson, owner of Pawsitive Results and a world-renowned professional dog trainer for more than 17 years. The majority of incidents between dogs could be avoided if you were able to know how your dog was feeling. Learn how to read your dog’s body language and know by the signals they are giving when they feel threatened or nervous.  These are people only trainings – no dogs allowed.