Bark Before Dark



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City of Des Moines dog park permit holders are invited to the Bark Before Dark Halloween Pawty! Each registered dog will receive a goodie bag and the opportunity to run about the park with different Halloween activities. All registered dogs will be entered in to the costume contest to win a free 2022 Dog Park Permit.

Annual permit is required to be worn by dog handlers and visible at all times inside the facility. You will be asked to show your permit when you enter the dog park. All dog park rules apply for this event. When you purchase or renew your animal license, you do have the option to purchase a Dog Park Permit. To find out  more, visit Animal Licensing.

Time: 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Cost: $5 per dog
Who: City of Des Moines dog park permit holders
Date and Location (Click on the dog park below to register for that specific pawty):

October 26, 2021: Reno Memorial Dog Park - 3325 Hubbell Avenue

October 27, 2021: Ewing Dog Park - 4660 Indianola Avenue

October 28, 2021: Riverwalk Dog Park - 1111 Illinois Street

We ask that no more than two handlers per dog are present at the event for social distancing purposes. Children under the age of 10 are not allowed within the facility and those ages 10 to 15 must be accompanied by a person age 18 or older.

Costume contest categories include:

  • Best Large Dog Costume
  • Best Small Dog Costume
  • Best Owner/Dog Costume Combo

The dog park will be open to dog park permit holders, but the activities will be for those who register prior to event day. You may register for multiple pawties, but a dog is only eligible to win the costume contest once.