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Need a Permit or Need to Renew?
Permit Renewal for 2013
If you have not yet renewed your permit for 2013, your swipe card will not open the gate. Make your resolution today to renew your permit so you and your dogs can have another fun year at the dog park. Renewal is easy.
You can fill out the form on our website, (see link above "Purchase or Renew Your Permit) and print it or print the blank form and fill it out; or you may pick up a permit form at the dog park in the container by the message board and fill it out. Either way it must be faxed (504.483.9412), snail mailed, or delivered in person to the dog park office, #1 Palm Drive, NOLA 70124, with your payment. It is not possible to register on line or through Pay Pal.
Person renewing a previous permit need only to fill out the first two pages which include signatures for a release of liability and agreement to the rules.
Payment may be made by check made payable to City Park ($43 annual fee; $38 for members of Friends of City Park) or you may complete the credit card information on the form and the fee will be charged to your card. Call Debie Crawford at City Park for questions: 483-9377.
It is not necessary to visit the dog park office to renew. Your existing card will be reactivated for 2013 as soon as the completed form and payment are received. If you prefer to renew in person, the dog park office is open from 8am-5pm Monday-Friday and is locate in the City Park Administration Building, #1 Palm Dr., NOLA 70124. Person buying permits for the first time may apply by mail and can either come to the office to pick up their swipe cards or can request the cards be mailed for a fee of $5.00.
Directions: Enter City Park from Marconi on Roosevelt Mall. You will see a new, red brick building on your left. At the traffic circle, make a ¾ turn to enter Palm Drive. We are next to the railroad tracks. Please see Debie Crawford our dog park coordinator. If you come in person, please bring proof of spay/neuter and vaccination along with with the 4-page application that you can download below.
Your current year’s permit will expire on December 31. We will begin permit renewals and sales of new 2013 permits in November at the dog park. Please remember that your permit to NOLA City Bark is for your registered dogs only. Bringing unregistered dogs into the dog park could result in the deactivation of your permit. For members renewing their permits, the dog park will automatically reactivate your existing electronic pass once your application and fees are received.
If you know someone who wants to visit the park temporarily or has questions about the dog park, please have them contact the dog park office at 483-9377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether you are applying for a first-time permit, renewing an existing permit or applying for a temporary permit, the process is the same.
Here is the information about NOLA City Bark:
If you are applying for a first-time permit, renewing an existing permit or applying for a temporary permit, the process is the same. For members renewing their permits, the dog park will automatically reactivate your existing electronic pass once your application and fees are received.
Download the four-page permit . Be sure to fill out and sign both pages and include your car’s state license tag number.
Bring your permit application and the $43 annual fee to the new Administration building ($38 if you have a Friends of City Park membership). Enter the park from Marconi on Roosevelt Mall. You will see a new building on your left. At the traffic circle, make a 3/4 turn to enter Palm Dr . We are next to the railroad tracks. Ask for Debie Crawford or a NOLA City Bark volunteer between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday.
We accept cash, check or credit cards. Please make checks payable to
“ City Park .” The fee includes registration of up to three dogs in the same household. Once you have submitted your application, you can email City Bark (at email address below) or call 483-9377 to see if your permit is ready for pick up at the administration building. Pick-up hours are between
8 am-5pm, Monday-Friday. While we prefer that you pick up your permit, we will mail them for an additional $5 to cover special Handling.
OR Mail your application and the $43 annual fee ($38 if you have a Friends of City Park membership) to City Park – Dog Park , 1 Palm Drive , NOLA 70124 . Make check payable to “ New Orleans City Park” You can either pickup your permit at the office during the office hours above or have it mailed for the additional $5 charge. You can call the office to see if it is ready for pick-up.
Visiting NOLA and need a temporary permit?
If you are visiting our city or have out-of town guests coming to our city for vacation, you can purchase a temporary pass for three days for $10 or a 14-day pass for $15. Guests can download the regular permit form above, fill it out and put the wording ‘Temporary Permit’ and the length of time (one week, 14 days) after the guest’s name.
Completed forms can be mailed - with a check made payable to City Park - or with credit card information to NOLA City Bark, #1 Palm Drive, New Orleans, LA 70124. Swipe cards may be picked up at the dog park office, #1 Palm Dr., Monday–Friday between the hours of 8am and 5pm. If you are unable to pick up during these hours, call Debie Crawford at (504) 483-9377, to make other arrangements or email her at email@example.com. Temporary permit holders will be given an electronic pass which must be returned to the dog park at the end of the week or 14 day use.
Guest pets have to be neutered, current on vaccinations and conform to all the other rules of the dog park. All the dog park rules apply to human guests too. Please remember that children under the age of eight, for their safety, are not permitted in the dog park.
Dog Park Rules and Regulations
Dogs must be spayed or neutered
Dogs must be healthy, vaccinated, and collared with current rabies & ID tags. Choke or prong collars are not allowed in the off-leash area. Bordetella shots are strongly recommended.
Puppies under 6 months are prohibited.
Limit of three dogs from a household per visit.
Children under 8 years are prohibited from entering fenced dog park area.
Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult and should not run, chase dogs, or pet other people’s dogs unless permission is granted by the owner. Children are not allowed to bring toys into the Park.
When entering the dog park, remove your dog’s leash only in the “howdy gate” area. Dogs must be on leash and under control by their owners/handlers at all times when outside of fenced park area.
Dog park gates must be closed immediately after entering or exiting the park.
Only small (under 25 lbs.) or special needs dogs are allowed to use the small dog area.
Owners/handlers must discourage their dogs from running to meet other dogs at the gate.
Dogs showing aggression toward people or other animals must be leashed and immediately removed from the park by owners/handlers.
Owners/handlers must remain inside of fenced area, with leash in hand, and within view and voice control of their dogs at all times.
Owners/handlers must immediately clean up after their dog(s) and properly dispose of waste. Plastic bags and garbage cans are available on the premises.
Owners/handlers must stop their dogs from digging and immediately fill any holes dug.
No dog treats, rawhides chews or human food within fenced area. No glass containers are allowed.
No toys except balls or Frisbees.
No bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, strollers or scooters allowed in the park. No jogging allowed in park.
No smoking, alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs or firearms allowed in park.
Hours of Operation
5:30 AM – 9 PM
– 9 PM
Wednesday to Sunday -
5:30 AM – 9 PM
NOLA City Bark Safety Tips and Words of Wisdom
Approaching the NOLA City Bark Dog Park
Keep dogs on leash until they are inside the gate.
Make sure the first gate is closed BEFORE entering the second
gate. If the outer gate is open, there is always a chance that
a dog can run out of the park and into the street.
Users already inside the park should call their dogs away
from the gate until the new arrivals have entered. It's difficult
for a new arrival to enter the park if a wall of dogs is blocking the
gate. Dogs are territorial creatures, and the boundaries of a territory
are flashpoints for aggression. Once the dog is inside the territory,
the chances for conflict are much less.
Unleash your dog as quickly as possible after entering the
park. A dog often feels vulnerable being on leash while other
dogs around it are off leash. The leashed dog knows that it cannot maneuver
freely and cannot get away if it wants to. This sense of vulnerability
may lead to aggression. Many users choose to unleash their dog in the
"vestibule" area—after entering and closing the outer
gate, but before opening the inner gate.
Remove metal collars. This includes prong
or "pinch" collars, choke chains, and spike collars.
Chain collars can become caught on the fence. There is also the risk
of other dogs breaking their teeth on the collar, especially if engaging
in mouthy play.
Inside the NOLA City Bark Dog Park
Know your dog's play style. Some dogs like a very
rough—and—tumble style of play, with lots of growling, grabbing,
tackling, and wrestling. Some dogs have a daintier style, with bowing
and chasing but not much physical contact. Some dogs like to herd other
dogs, and may bark or nip at the other dogs. The important thing is
to know what is normal for your dog, and what the warning signs are
that your dog may be getting over-stimulated and may be in danger of
crossing the line into aggression.
It's also important to be sensitive to the other dogs with whom your
dog is playing. You should always watch your dog closely and be prepared
to intervene if the interaction seems to be getting out of hand or becoming
too uncomfortable for a particular dog.
If your dog seems to be "pestering" another dog who seems
to be growing stressed or annoyed, intervene and direct your dog's attention
Understand canine communication. Dogs that enjoy
rough play may growl and snap as part of that play. Dogs may also snarl
and/or snap to "set their limits" with other dogs-for example,
to let another dog know that it is being too rough or too pushy.
Dogs are programmed to be part of a pack, with some dogs being higher
in the pack hierarchy (dominant) and others being lower in the hierarchy
(submissive). Dogs have various ways by which they communicate their
dominance to other dogs. This may include a stiff—legged posture
with the head held up and back; raising the hackles on the back; raising
the tail; or laying the head across another dog's shoulders or back.
If you see two dogs exchanging dominant gestures with each other,
watch out—you may have a fight brewing.
Mounting ("humping") is often a way by which one dog expresses
dominance over another. Do not allow your dog to mount another dog,
as this behavior is very likely to lead to a fight. Even if your dog
means no harm, the other dog is very likely to take offense.
Respond promptly to aggressive behavior. Deciding
what constitutes aggressive behavior is sometimes a matter of judgment.
It's important to know your dog and to know what is normal and safe
for your dog.
Dogs displaying significant aggression toward other dogs,
or any aggression toward humans, must IMMEDIATELY be leashed and removed
from the park for the day. This is not only for the safety
of other park users—it can also help with the dog's own education.
A dog soon realizes that aggressive behavior earns it a one—way
ticket out of the park—and many dogs quickly learn to mind their
You may find that your dog gets along better with certain dogs, or
with certain types of dogs, than with others, and you may want to avoid
entering the park when there are dogs with whom your dog has a problem.
A dog that repeatedly displays aggressive behavior with a
variety of dogs is not a good dog park candidate and should stop coming
to the park. It is strongly recommended that dogs be spayed
or neutered before coming to the dog park. Unneutered males in particular
are much more likely to get into fights with other male dogs.
Breaking up a Dog Fight
The best way to deal with a fight is to not allow it to happen
in the first place. Know your dog, understand canine communication,
monitor situations carefully, and be prepared to intervene before stress,
over—stimulation, or aggression, escalate into a full-fledged
fight. If, despite your efforts, a fight does break out, here are some
guidelines to follow:
Both owners MUST get control of their dogs immediately.
If one owner gets control of his or her dog but the other owner does
not, this creates a very dangerous situation for the first dog and owner.
Grab the dogs from the BACK—grab either the tail or
the hind legs. If a dog is involved in a fight, you should
not grab the collar or put your hands anywhere near the dog's head.
A dog that is fighting is in a state of frenzy and is not aware of what
it is doing. It may reflexively lash out and bite at anything that comes
near its head. The safest approach is to grab the dog's tail. If the
dog has no tail, grab the hind legs. Both owners should grab their dogs
and pull them away from each other at the same time.
Then each dog should be leashed and IMMEDIATELY removed from the park.
Other users should get hold of their own dogs. The
sight of a fight breaking out sometimes incites other dogs to get involved.
Do NOT stick your hands into a fight between other people's
dogs. If you reach into the middle of a dog fight, you are
likely to get bitten. You may mean to be helpful, but if you get bitten
by someone else's dog, that dog may end up in trouble with the legal
authorities. Let the owners control their own dogs.
Children at the NOLA City Bark Dog Park
A dog park is not necessarily a safe place for young children.
Across the country, many dog parks prohibit children from entering.
If you choose to bring a child into the dog park, it is vitally important
that you supervise your child closely. You must take full responsibility
for your child's safety while in the park.
Do not allow children to behave wildly in the park.
Do not permit them to run, scream, chase the dogs, grab the dogs, or
tease the dogs. Some dogs are not used to small children; these dogs
may feel scared or threatened if a child runs toward them or grabs at
them. Dogs often run fast and play vigorously with each other while
in the park, and they may inadvertently knock down and hurt a child
who is standing out in the open.
Children should never approach or touch any dog without first
asking the owner's permission.
The safest place for a child is sitting quietly on a bench
or standing by a parent's side and holding the parent's hand.
Remember that your main responsibility while in the park is
to monitor your dog and to be prepared to intervene if there is any
sign of trouble.
Before bringing children to the park, consider whether you
can effectively supervise both the dog and the children at the same