Freedom Barkway, the Old Fourth Ward’s newest dog park, is slated to open on Saturday, March 21st at 1:00 p.m. Located along Freedom Parkway, Freedom Barkway is the first time in history that the Georgia Department of Transportation has allowed the use of its land for a dog park.
Two years in the making, Freedom Barkway began with a grassroots campaign that garnered more than 2,500 signatures of support in less than 30 days. This grabbed the attention and support of Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall and Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner, both of whom represent and also live in the neighborhood. Hall and Garner’s backing helped land meetings with GDOT and the city’s parks department.
The two-acre dog park will be divided into two sections — one for large dogs and the other for smaller dogs. Owners of the four-legged creatures will be able to enjoy numerous sitting areas and walkways linking the park to nearby streets. Work on the park’s basic elements is underway. Future plans include splash pads and water fountains for dogs.
Epic Development is very proud to be a supporter of Freedom Barkway, and Principal, Jim LaVallee, sits on the Board of Directors. “As soon as I heard about Freedom Barkway, I knew we wanted to be apart of it. Many of our homeowners have four-legged children and will enjoy this new addition to the neighborhood,” states Lavallee.