Picture of Barker Field at Byrd Park, a dog friendly attraction in Richmond, VA. Photo by @funkadelicfresh.
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Picture of Barker Field at Byrd Park, a dog friendly attraction in Richmond, VA. Photo by @amandarants.
Picture of Barker Field at Byrd Park, a dog friendly attraction in Richmond, VA. Photo by @dogs_n_tatts9210.
Picture of Barker Field at Byrd Park, a dog friendly attraction in Richmond, VA. Photo by @funkadelicfresh.


This large, off-leash dog park is fully fenced and includes bench swings, shade, and drinking water in-season. Be sure to bring water in cooler months.


BringFido Traveler Rating

Barker Field at Byrd Park has received a rating of 2.9 out of 5 bones by 14 canine critics on BringFido.

  • Jun. 26, 2019
    The worst

    DO NOT BRING YOUR FRIENDLY DOG TO THIS PARK, people with aggressive dogs do. My poor dog was attacked yesterday by a dog in the park right as we where walking in. Now she has been left with an abscess on her neck that is infected, incredibly inflamed and painful. Also, our sweet, friendly, outgoing baby is now scared and anxious, walking around with her tail between her legs. We are left with a huge vet bill and lots of medical care at home.

  • Jun. 14, 2019
    Our Go To Spot

    Moved to Richmond 2 months ago and we frequent Byrd Park at least once a week. Dog owners are friendly and even after a week of rain, there are very few wet areas. Wish the dog poop stations were better maintained, but there is a source of water and city trash services. My doggo loves coming here and I love watching him make friends.

  • More than a year ago
    Not a Fan

    The owners there are not welcoming to new dogs or people, they spend most of their time on their phones while they let their dogs run wild. Dog owners don't intervene when their dogs are expressing aggressive behaviors. There is a separate park for small dogs but no one uses it and as a result the small dogs are in with the large dogs and are frequently scared and aggressive. There is water but it is difficult to turn on and off which frequently leads to a moat running down one side of the park and mud everywhere.

  • More than a year ago
    Crowded and not well maintained

    There are always a bunch of dogs and owners don't really take pay attention to them, so they go wild. There is pretty constantly a mud pit and while there are ample bags, a lot of people don't pick up after their dogs.

  • More than a year ago

    This dog park is run by a crazy man, Scott Fogleman, who has a friend with a vicious dog that attacked my dog. They are hiding the dog owner from us. Do not go here unless you want your dog to be attacked. They do nothing about it.

  • More than a year ago
    Not accepting of new dogs

    I recently moved to the area and started bringing my dog there, there are people that go there everyday and think they "run the park." They are not accepting of new dogs and have harassed me every time I have been there. My dog is neutered and one guy made me show him my paper cause he did not believe me because his dog attacked mine and said it was only because he was not neutered, which he is. The owners are very judgemental and have harassed me almost every time I go.

  • More than a year ago
    Safety hazard and giant mud pit!

    While they do provide a rinse off area, and a nice high fence to a very large area, I do not recommend this park to anyone. In the three times I've been there, there was nothing but insanity there. Owners on their phones, ignoring their dog's bullying others, a female in blatant heat starting fights, and owners getting mad at me for removing their dog from mine when she was clearly being overwhelmed and was scared, NOT playing. Way too much pack mentality, and owners that don't understand dog behavior or to not grab up a dog and kiss them on the head. Not only is it a safety hazard, in which I know none of the other owners are prepared to handle any scuffle that may occur, it is also a big mud pit that never dries out. While I will use the little dog park as a training area, since it is empty, I will not be frequenting this park for socialization.

  • More than a year ago
    Nice, but over-crowded

    The fence is really high and secure and there is quite a bit of space. The only drawback is that it is way over-crowded. A lot of owners also don't pay attention to their dog's behaviors and just let them run around unsupervised. There were close to 40 or 50 dogs the time I went and I would not feel comfortable going back if it stays that crowded.

  • More than a year ago
    Too Crowded!

    We have been to this park several times and found it to be way overcrowded. In this situation, the dogs tend to revert to a pack mentality. We actually saw 15 dogs attack one dog. It was a scary situation. Several owners were bitten trying to break it up. Don't go on a weekend!!!!

  • More than a year ago
    Simple, No Hassle, Thank You

    I've seen so many parks with so many rules and drama that it's not worth it. This park is simple, common sense rules, and if you break one unknowingly - like I did - they politely let you know. No drama. They also allow all breeds; no ignorant discrimination.
    There is a water source now (Feb 2015). It was below freezing so they were using water jugs instead of the fountain. They have picnic tables, bags to clean up after your dog, and tennis balls.

    A little hard to find: From Pump House Dr/the James River Bridge, go north on Park Dr and take the first left after Pump House Dr at the sign that says Dogwood Dell Amphitheatre. Turn left into the first parking lot. The fenced in area will be on your right.

  • More than a year ago
    Stunned. Thank you , FOBP!

    I live here and didn't have a clue...What a gift! Spent 90 minutes...our yellow lab thought he'd died and gone to heaven. Huge park, well kept, water, big bag of new tennis balls and dogs, dogs, dogs with great caring owners...absolute dog nirvana!! 10 bones, not 5...wow! Thanks so much to Friends of Barker Park...donation on the way!

  • More than a year ago

    Lots of room to run in the big dog area...smaller dog area much smaller.

  • More than a year ago
    great people

    Great location to downtown, with very responsible owners, nice rolling hills and big dog park compared to others I've visited. Plenty of dogs to play with. Would like to see a water element however I found out this park is totally funded by donations which is amazing that it's this good without city support.

  • More than a year ago
    great dog park!

    Nicely laid out and very popular dog park. Mostly responsible dog owners, some little dogs in the big dog area make for some friction at times. However, good dogs and owners there. New renovations make it enjoyable for the humans too.

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