Location: 16 Shelter Rock Rd, Bethel, CT 06801 (Bethel Bark Park is located to the left of the main entrance of Meckauer Park. Look for the building with the painted cartoon dog.)


  • Dogs must display current rabies tag and dog license on collars at all times
  • Dogs must be accompanied by their owner/handler. Dogs must be under voice control and in sight of the owner/handler at all times.
  • Owner/handler max of two dogs per visit.
  • Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Clean up after your dog immediately and dispose of waste properly, using appropriate waste receptacles.
  • Prohibited from the park at all times: female dogs in heat, aggressive dogs, and dogs less than 4 months of age.
  • Smoking, alcoholic beverages, and food absolutely prohibited within the dog park.
  • Dogs must be leashed when entering and exiting the dog park. Dogs must be leashed at signs of aggressive behavior.
  • Owner/handler should stop their dogs from digging and fill in any holes to help avoid injury.

bethel-cansHours: Daily, dawn to dusk

Parking: Ample free parking is available near the entrance of Meckauer Park and surrounding the Bethel Bark Park.

Description: Bethel Bark Park is a little less than an acre, located in the section near the old swing sets of Meckauer Park on Shelter Rock Rd. in Bethel, CT. The fenced-in park features segregated areas for large and small dogs. Available onsite is bench seating, a poop bag dispenser, and waste receptacles. Also available to on-leash dogs is the adjoining Meckauer Park, which is a sprawling and beautiful multi-acre property with a duck pond, paved trails, beach volleyball court, arboretum and children’s playground (which is off limits to dogs).

dusty-circle-smmeckauerREVIEW BY DUSTY BLUE: I thought the Bark Park was fine. Nothing special or spectacular. It has no trees so there wasn’t much for me to sniff or mark up. But, I LOVED Meckauer Park! I walked around the duck pond with my owner, and I ran as fast as I could across the grass field near it. It was exactly what I like… lots of open space to run with an abundance of trees to sniff and mark. I don’t know if we were breaking any rules with me being off leash in the park area, but it was a lot more fun to me than the fenced in lot of the Bark Park.