Manchester Dog Owners Group (MDOG)
A Dog Lovers Community

We are happy to announce that the Manchester Dog Park has received approval from the Town to re-open.

Use of the park is subject to compliance with the CT State Guidelines for social distancing:

Distancing of 6 feet

Use of face-masks required if distancing cannot be acheived

Groups should be limited to 5 person.

This is your park, let’s keep it open.

As always, read and follow the park rules to insure a pleasant and safe environment for our canines and patrons.

Thank you.

To all Dog Park Visitors and Patrons:

As of today, March 20, 2020, the Manchester Dog Park is closed due to the Corona virus pandemic.

We will continue to follow all federal, state and local orders should any further actions be required.

While this saddening and unfortunate, it is a necessary step toward stemming the highly contagious spread of the virus.

More information can be found at the Town of Manchester website:

The CDC website:

For general questions call the Coronavirus Info Center 2-1-1, text “COVID19” to 898211, or visit the 2-1-1 of CT website.

Here’s Wishing Everyone the

Very Best in Health, Wealth

and Happiness in the Year 2020

Join us for another great year of Community Events such as The Taste of Manchester, Barktoberfest, Dog Hikes and of course, the exciting Barks n’ Rec Dog Park.

K-9 Kerplunk Doggie Dunk

August 17,2019    10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Globe Hollow Pool, 100 Spring Street, Manchester

The Manchester Youth Commission is sponsoring a dog swim, the “K-9 Kerplunk Doggie Dunk”.  All licensed, well behaved dogs and their owners are welcome to attend; swimming is for dogs only. There is a $5.00 admission fee per dog (maximum of 2 dogs per handler). Admission to the event will benefit the Manchester Youth Commission. The event will include an off-leash dog swim and bathing station. Pre-registration is not required. Please contact Kellie Sheridan (860) 647-5262 or with any questions.


MDOG Celebrates Labyrinth Brewing Co’s Birthday

August 20, 2019  5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

148 Forest Street, Manchester

Join us as we say “Happy Birthday” to one of our favorite dog-friendly breweries! MDOG will be at Labyrinth from 5 – 7 PM, with information about our group and some of our favorite t-shirts!
Labyrinth will be donating proceeds from raffle ticket sales to MDOG on this day. Bring your pup and join us for a drink!


Dog Park Volunteer Day

September 7, 2019   9 a.m. to Noon

Manchester Dog Park, Spring Street

Volunteers requested for park maintenance and clean-up.  Bring your gloves, rakes and shovels.  Goals for the day will be posted at the park and on the Dog Park Page. Give an hour or three and help out at the park.   Water will be provided.


Barktoberfest Fair

October 19, 2019 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Charter Oak Park, Manchester

A fall fair with canine events, crafts, vendors, food trucks and canine Q&A.

No admission charge.

Manchester Dog Owner’s Group will be hosting our third annual BARKtober Fest! We will celebrate our canine citizens, create awareness for responsible dog ownership, and raise funds to promote canine recreational activities and fund the town’s  dog park, Manchester “Barks & Rec”.
Join the festivities with:
Local vendors, Exhibitors promoting canine educational materials.
Family-fun activities of Dunkin’ 4 dogs, A Canine Kissing Booth, weenie retrieve, Training and care Q&A and a Dog Costume Parade and contest!

Pretty simple, right?

While writing a proposal for the Doris Day Dog Park Grant program, we wanted to reflect the constant flow of dog park patrons and the number of visitors per day. Short of putting a doorman at the bullpen gate, one metric stood out: How many poop bags does the park use?

The numbers we arrived at were shocking! Shocking I tell you! In about nine months, the patrons at the park have used almost 8 (eight) thousand poop bags!

For the grant proposal, we used the term “canine waste disposal units” for propriety. But whatever you call them, that’s a lot of … stuff.

Eight thousand bags cost a lot and MDOG foots the bill. We ask that all patrons of the park use the bags economically. If you need one, use just one. Please don’t tear off three or four. And pick up any bag which has fallen on the ground and is still usable.

The Gift Shop page will soon have a donation feature. These donations will be used to purchase more “Canine Waste Disposal Units” as well as provide other park maintenance as needed.

Thank you.