NoMA Bark Park opened on January 16, 2011. The park's primary purpose is to promote responsible dog ownership through community education and maintenance of a safe, enjoyable off-leash area for dog exercise and socialization. North Main Bark Park is dedicated to maintaining a positive community presence by encouraging sustainable environmental practices and supporting local dog-friendly organizations.
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NoMA Bark Park is a non-profit organization with 501(c)(3) status and run by a board of volunteer members and dog lovers. The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department maintains the land used for the Bark Park, including all repairs to structures and the grounds. Their hard work and dedication makes the Bark Park possible.
NoMA Bark Park board meetings are typically once a month and are open to members, unless an incident requires that part of the meeting to be in executive session. If you have a concern and would like to speak to the board about a situation or incident, please email the board chair at: email@example.com. The Board is always eager to hear from Bark Park members.
Interested in joining the Bark Park Board? We'd love to hear from you. Please reach out to our Board Chair: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All funds received for the NoMa Bark Park are held in a bank account by the NoMa Bark Park Board. Funds raised through membership dues and other means shall be used for expenses related to NoMa Bark Park. The Treasurer shall maintain the financial records for NoMa Bark Park. All expenditures of $100 or more must be approved by a majority vote of the Board.
HOW WE STARTED
Prior to the inception of NoMA Bark Park, local residents were using the Earlewood Park baseball fields to give their dogs a chance to run off-leash together. The lack of nearby alternatives inspired a group of avid dog owners, led by Rebecca Haynes, to reach out to the City of Columbia and the Earlewood Community Citizens Organization (ECCO) for assistance in founding a new dog park.
Current Board Volunteers
Joe Lemeris, Jr
Col. Tom Kelly