The Barney Wood Football Field at Don Showman Park has been transformed into the Barney Wood Bark Park. The 1.44 acre Bark Park, located next to the Farmers Branch Community Recreation Center, has a large and small dog area. Each section has a doubled-gated entry, a splash pad, lighting, and ample seating.
Help make this vision a reality by becoming a founding Friend and DONATE TODAY! Scroll down for more details.
Why a dog park?
You expressed the desire for a park to enjoy with your beloved canines in Farmers Branch. Reports suggest that dog parks may decrease property damage, promote positive social behaviors for dogs and their owners, and build a stronger community.
Barney E. Wood was a respected mainstay of the Farmers Branch Parks and Recreation board for 29 years, 13 as chairman. Barney's steady hand and leadership contributed to the emergence of Parks and Recreation and the development of youth sports in Farmers Branch. From the construction and maintenance of the fields, to coach and league coordinator, Barney was there! On October 12, 2002, the city of Farmers Branch honored Barney's exemplary service with the dedication of the Barney E. Wood Athletic Complex.
Barney's legacy continues to be shared with citizens of our community and their four legged friends.
Donate to become a founding Friend of the Barney Wood Bark Park.
Farmers Branch Parks and Recreation is working diligently to increase the green space in our community. Your funding will support the beautification of our latest addition to our city in a park. All donations go straight to park amenities and beautification. Please note the images are conceptual. Staff will contact donors by early May regarding text for plaques. Donations are good for as long as the park is in existence. All donations are tax deductible.
Your donation provides a place to sit and relax while your dog is running safely within the park. You will receive a plaque displaying your name and/or your dog's name. You can choose either our City in a Dog Park bench option or a stone bench option.
Eliminating pet waste takes a well rounded approach. Your donation will allow us to install appropriate doggie waste stations around the park. You will receive a plaque displaying your name and/or your dog's name. City Staff will follow up with donors by early May regarding text for the plaque.
Donate $100 to become a founding member and get your name and/or your dog's name inscribed on a donor board at the front of the park. Your mission as a friend is to provide financial and physical assistance to the Barney Wood Bark Park.
All donations go straight to park amenities and beautification.
Rules of the Bark Park
We want everyone, including you and your dog, to have a happy and safe experience while visiting the Bark Park! Courtesy is contagious, please abide by these rules so all dogs and humans may enjoy this park.
Hours are 6 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. The dog park is closed Mondays for maintenance.
The City of Farmers Branch is not responsible for injury or damage; enjoy at your own risk. Dog owners are responsible for all actions of their dogs.
10 and under are strongly discouraged from entering the park. Children ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Dogs must remain on a leash at all times outside the designated play area.
Dogs must be off leash in the play area.
Dogs must display current rabies vaccination tags.
Dogs that have been declared aggressive and/or dangerous by any Animal Services Agency shall not be allowed in the dog park.
Dogs that are aggressive, ill, or in heat are not allowed.
If aggression occurs, the aggressive dog must be leashed and leave the off-leash/play area immediately. If an injury occurs the aggressive dog owner must release correct contact information with all parties involved. If the owner is not cooperative please contact the Farmers Branch Police Non-Emergency at 972.484.3620.
Puppies under four (4) months of age are not allowed.
Handlers must not run with or chase after dogs in the dog park.
Strollers, bikes, skateboards, and in-line skates are not allowed.
The small dog area is only for dogs less than 30 lbs. Small dogs may play in the large dog area at their owner's risk.
Handlers must remain in the park and keep their dogs in view at all times.
Handlers are required to pick up and dispose of their dog’s feces.
Limit of three (3) dogs per handler.
No food (dog or human) allowed in the fenced area.
Smoking, vaping, alcohol, and glass bottles are not allowed.
Digging is not allowed.
No events can be conducted on park property without prior approval of the Director of Parks and Recreation Department.
The dog park may close without prior notice due to weather or maintenance.
Dog water fountains are shut down and winterized from November 15-March 15.
Water features operate daily during select times, weather permitting. Times are subject to change, refer to water feature signage for times.
PLEASE REPORT ANY SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY TO 972-484-3620