A rendering of Freedom Barkway.

The Old Fourth Ward’s second off-leash dog park, Freedom Barkway, will officially open Saturday, March 21, at 1 p.m. at the corner of Freedom Parkway and Boulevard.

Guest Speakers will include Atlanta Councilman Kwanza Hall, Fulton Commissioner Joan Garner, and City of Atlanta Parks Director Amy Phoung. Dog (and human) treats will be provided.

“This is the first time in history that the Georgia Department of Transportation has allowed the use of its land for a dog park. We are thrilled that a grassroots effort has paid off.” explains R.J. Morris, an Old Fourth Ward resident and chief operating officer of the Old Fourth Ward Freedom Barkway Corporation.

Freedom Barkway offers two-acres with separate areas for large and small dogs. Future plans include splash pads and water fountains for dogs.

Morris and neighbors gathered more than 2,500 signatures of support in less than 30 days for Freedom Barkway. The grassroots effort landed on the radar of Hall and Garner, who both represent and live in the neighborhood and they assisted with crucial meetings with the GDOT and the City of Atlanta Parks department.

To date, The Freedom Barkways nonprofit has raised almost $30,000 for the dog park. Their annual fundraiser
“Howl’oween Parade and Festival” is scheduled for Oct. 24.

For more information on Freedom Barkway visit o4wbark.com.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.