Bark In The Park Is Back! - TribPapers

Bark In The Park Is Back!

Kora the therapy dog having fun at Bark in the Park. Photo Submitted.

Asheville – The second annual Bark in the Park is back, promising a day of great fun. The event is scheduled to take place on June 11, 2023, at Carrier Park in Asheville from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, rain or shine.

If you have a dog that can perform amazing tricks or one that has a face only a mother could love, this event is perfect for you. Join us at Bark in the Park and showcase your furry friend. The event is open to the public and not only provides entertainment but also highlights the impact Rotary has on the community and beyond.

Bark in the Park is a fundraiser organized by the Rotary Club of Asheville. It offers an opportunity to spend a delightful day with friends, neighbors, and our beloved pets while supporting the Rotary Club’s humanitarian efforts. The club is involved in various projects in Asheville, including providing scholarships for local high school students, collaborating with Manna Food Bank for an annual hunger initiative, supporting the Blue Ridge Honor Flight program, contributing to Alzheimer’s research, offering grants through the Harry Morrill Community Grants program, recognizing Buncombe teachers of excellence, organizing an annual medical/dental brigade to Honduras, and assisting with Ukrainian refugee relief in partnership with the Prague Club.

Club President Ross Sloan expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “Bark in the Park is a fantastic event that brings dog owners and the public together for a day of fun and activity. The Rotary Club of Asheville is proud to host this program to support our numerous community service projects and collaborate with animal rescue organizations.”

When and Where?

Chaperoned walks will commence at 11:00 am and 11:30 am, departing from the Rotary Pavilion located at Carrier Park, 220 Amboy Road, Asheville. Participants can enjoy a scenic 1.0-mile hike along the French Broad River, followed by music, food, vendor stalls, and engaging dog contests. All proceeds from the event will be directed towards Rotary charities and animal rescue organizations.

Rotary Club fundraiser Bark in the Park. Photo submitted.
Rotary Club fundraiser Bark in the Park. Photo submitted.

Early online registration is available until Friday, June 9, at a cost of $10. After this date, on-site registration will be available for $15.00 per pet. Each registrant will receive a Bark Goodie Bag! Contest judging will take place at 12:30 pm, featuring categories such as Best Pet Costume, Amazing Trick, Prettiest Dog, Owner/Dog Lookalike, Face Only a Mother Could Love, Smallest Dog, and Biggest Dog.

Event Rules:

To ensure the safety of all pets and animals, certain rules will be in place. Rotary volunteers will be stationed along the route, and water and trash receptacles will be provided. On-site emergency veterinary care and first aid services will also be available. Public parking facilities offered by the City of Asheville can be utilized.

– Well-mannered, friendly, and non-aggressive pets are welcome.

– Each walker may bring a maximum of three dogs.

– Leashes are required, with a maximum length of 6 feet. Retractable leashes are not permitted.

– Owners must clean up after their dogs (bags will be provided).

– The walk will take place rain or shine, and no refunds will be given.

– All dogs must have a valid rabies vaccination.

– Please stay on the designated trail.

For Tickets:

For tickets and further information, please visit the Rotary Club of Asheville website: If you have any questions, please contact Jim Davidson at (828) 633-1306 or via email at

About the Rotary Club of Asheville:

The Rotary Club of Asheville is a service club comprised of dedicated and passionate volunteers who are committed to making a positive impact on the community and the world. Guided by the principles outlined in the 4-way test, our club works tirelessly to create a difference locally and globally. Bark in the Park is just one of the 20 projects that combine financial support and hands-on involvement to enhance our community and make the world a better place.