Grand opening: Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon, at 73 Council St., Fort Oglethorpe

Open to the public, dawn to dusk, after grand opening

The dog park has an area for small dogs and one for large dogs.

There will be a water source at the park so dogs can drink.

Some (but not all) dog park rules, which will be posted at the park:

Dogs must be licensed and immunized.

Dogs may not be left unattended.

No food bowls or long-lasting dog chews (a water source and bowls will be available at the park)

If dogs are causing problems owners are asked to leave with their dog(s), they must do so.

No dogs that are in heat are allowed.

Dogs must stay in specified areas.

Owners must clean up after their dogs (bags and a trash can will be provided).

Children must be closely supervised.

Neither the dog park nor the City of Fort Oglethorpe is responsible for injuries or damage.

Bark City Committee members: Rhonda James (founding member), David Betty, Jane Corn, Sara DeBerry, Monica Easley, Ron Foley, Valerie Hayes, Sharon Klein, Jill Legg, Chris McKeever, Diane Rizzo, Melinda William, and Fort Oglethorpe city staff support Jenny Simpkins and Jeff Long

Bark City donors ($500 or more): DBJ Realty, Inc., Rhonda James and David Betty, VCA Catoosa Animal Hospital

Bark City partners and contributors (FO = Fort Oglethorpe, R = Ringgold, C = Chattanooga): Durinda Cheek, Park Place Restaurant (FO), Tangi Langley, Old South Restaurant (Rossville), Armando’s East Ridge Restaurant, Springhill Suites by Marriott (R), Ruby Falls (C), City of Ringgold, Catoosa County, Farm to Fork Restaurant (C), Tennessee Aquarium (C), Rock City (C), James Rogers, Ivy Cottage Restaurant (R), Finding Fox Creative Studios (Tn.), Petsense (FO), Battlefield Outdoors (FO), Animal Medical Center (FO), Express Lube (FO), Holcomb Garden Center (FO, now closed), Dr. Nancy Snyder of Fort Oglethorpe Dentistry, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School, Nail Art (FO), Nashville Street Shoes (R), North Georgia Tire and Alignment (FO), O’Charley’s (FO), Petco (FO), Southern Belle Riverboat (C), Strands Salon and Spa & Boutique (FO), Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum (C), Tootie’s Treasures (FO), UCTV (FO), Tractor Supply (FO), VCA Catoosa Animal Hospital, Eastern National Bookstore at Chickamauga National Military Park, Moe’s (FO), Buffalo Wild Wings (FO), CTi Engineering (C), Veterinary Care and Specialty Group (C)

To order a paver, donate or partner with Bark City Fort Oglethorpe Dog Park, visit

Tamara Wolk is a reporter for The Catoosa County News in Ringgold, Ga., and Walker County Messenger in LaFayette, Ga. 

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