Hannah's Bark Park
Hannah’s Bark Park is located within Mission Creek Park, 1458 N. Harris Street. This dog park is a collaborative effort between the City of Mt. Pleasant, Union Township and the Friends of the Dog Park and features a 3.6 acre fenced area separated for large and small dogs. Community members and visitors are WELCOME! Registration and membership required. Come have fun and meet new friends.
Hannah Simons Scalise passed away from cancer at the age of nineteen, having lived her entire life in the Mt. Pleasant community. She loved animals and had a special fondness for dogs. She was a volunteer at the shelter and rescued a fair number of dogs in her short lifetime as well as fundraising for the shelter. Hannah believed that a community that cared for its animals reflected on the quality of the community. She loved running and was a member of the cross country team in high school, and despite her illness continued to attend practices, run in meets and support her team members. School was also important to Hannah, and while receiving treatment she completed her high school courses and graduated with her classmates. Early in her treatment, Hannah asked her parents to forego a costly funeral and instead donate to the development of a “place where dogs and people could run” and asked that this be part of her legacy. Hannah’s family donated over $10,000 to the project which also includes Hannah’s life savings and personal funds. This project, in Hannah's honor, has received support from Union Township, The Friends of the Dog Park, and the Parks and Recreation Commission, along with many friends and community supporters alike.
Registration Requirements and Fees
Hannah’s Bark Park is open to community members and visitors that purchase an annual or weekly membership. Park hours are 8am – 10pm, seven days a week. All registration must be done in person at Mt. Pleasant City Hall at the Parks and Recreation Office, 320 W. Broadway, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858.
1. Current dog license and certificate of valid rabies vaccination must be brought and presented to the Parks Department to obtain a pass for the dog park.
2. The annual fee provides you with access to the dog park for one year from the date of purchase. Passes can be purchased at the City of Mt. Pleasant Parks and Recreation Office, 320 W. Broadway, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858. Passes are required for entrance to the dog park. Passes are not transferrable. Fees for the dog park are as follows:
- Yearly Membership (1 dog) – $30.00/dog
- Additional Dog – $20.00 (max. 3 dogs total)
- Weekly Membership $5.00/dog (max. 3 dogs total)
Rules & Guidelines
- CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR DOG
- NO DOGS YOUNGER THAN 6 MONTHS
- NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG UNATTENDED
- NO DOGS "IN HEAT" ALLOWED
- NO CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF 12 ALLOWED. AN ADULT MUST ACCOMPANY ANYONE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 12-16
- DOGS MUST BE CURRENT WITH ALL MEDICAL RECORDS AND DISPLAY THE PROPER TAGS
- TOYS, FOOD (OF ANY KIND), TREATS, SMOKING AND GLASS CONTAINERS ARE PROHIBITED
- NO AGGRESSIVE DOGS. IF YOUR DOG BECOMES UNRULY OR AGGRESSIVE, PLEASE LEASH THEM AND EXIT THE PARK IMMEDIATELY
- REMOVE PRONG OR SPIKE COLLARS BEFORE ENTERING
- DOGS 30 LBS. OR LESS MUST USE THE SMALL DOG AREA. DOGS OVER 30 LBS. MUST USE THE LARGE DOG AREA.
- MT. PLEASANT PARKS AND RECREATION HAS THE AUTHORITY TO CLOSE THE PARK FOR MAINTENANCE, WEATHER HAZARDS, RULE VIOLATIONS OR SPECIAL EVENTS WITHOUT PRIOR NOTICE.
- OWNERS ARE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGE OR INJURY INFLICTED BY THEIR DOGS
- USERS OF THE FACILITY DO SO AT THEIR OWN RISK. THE CITY OF MT. PLEASANT, CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF UNION AND THE FRIENDS OF THE DOG PARK ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR INJURY OR DAMAGE CAUSED BY DOGS IN OR OUTSIDE OF THE OFF-LEAST AREA.
Etiquette & Precautions
- First time users should consider coming at off-peak times for their initial visit. Ask questions of those people inside the fence about how to ease your dog's initial stress of entering for the first time. At times, the park can become quite crowded. If you are not sure how your dog will react to the current conditions, don't put pressure on your dog by forcing it into what it thinks is a threatening situation. Instead, come back at another time when there is less traffic.
- When entering or exiting the off-leash area, do not enter the double-gated transition area if there is already someone in that area. This will eliminate the possibility of both gates being open at the same time.
- Place your dog off-leash in the transition area before entering the unleashed area. Some dogs can feel threatened if they are leashed in the presence of unleashed dogs.
- Quickly move away from the entrance area as you enter. That will help disperse the group of dogs that will come over to welcome your dog to the park. Move away from the fence so that your dog does not feel cornered or threatened. This will decrease the potential for issues when several off-leash dogs, already in the park, come running over to greet the new arrival, perhaps overwhelming the arriving dog.
- One of our primary goals is to socialize our dogs to have good manners. We should practice what we preach and always be considerate of others and YOUR dog park will be an enjoyable, healthy and educational experience for handlers and dogs.
- If any dog becomes aggressive or disruptive, the responsible handler will remove the dog from the fenced area until socialization measures can be undertaken.
- ALWAYS SCOOP AND DISPOSE OF YOUR DOG'S WASTE!!! This is the complaint heard most often from opponents of dog park proposals. Bags are provided, please use them! Also, please help with any additional waste that may have been accidentally left behind. You will occasionally miss some of your dog's waste and helping each other out when this happens helps keep our park looking beautiful and healthy!
- Keep your dog leashed at all times while outside the fenced dog park area.Even if your pet is under perfect voice control, many non-dog people have fears and dogs off-leash outside of the fenced area are not permitted.
- Please clean up YOUR park! Trash, cigarette butts, and anything else on the ground may end up in a dog's mouth. Before you drop something on the ground, ask yourself, "Would I want my dog to eat this?" We must all work to keep our park clean.
- All dog handlers must provide proof of current vaccinations. Your dog must have a collar or harness that includes a rabies tag and current dog license. It is also an excellent idea to have an ID tag on the collar or harness as well. If your animal does not have proof of a rabies vaccination and license, you may be asked to leave the park.
- Remember that choke, prong, or spiked collars are not allowed inside the off-leash area. Each of these collar types can result in injury to its wearer, another dog, or a person depending on the situation. If a choke collar gets hung on something while running, its wearer can become choked. Some dogs, while playing, like to softly bite the back of another dog's neck. Dogs wearing prong collars receive a much stronger bite during this type of play while dogs wearing spiked collars can inflict injury.
- Be a responsible dog handler. If your pet has a contagious condition, stay away until a vet has said that there is no danger to other dogs. The "Golden Rule" applies here! Legally, only a rabies vaccination and current license is required to enter the dog park; however, you may wish to consult with your veterinarian to get advice on other vaccinations such as Bordatella (Kennel Cough), Parvo, etc. Don't forget heartworm protection!
- Each handler is legally responsible for his or her dog, and Mt. Pleasant Parks and Recreation will assume no responsibility for any injuries to humans or animals; therefore, each handler is responsible for supervision of his or her animal. All handlers must remain in the park with their dog at all times.
- For safety reasons, children under the age of 12 are not allowed in the dog run areas. Children have a tendency to scream and run when excited, which can trigger a dog's prey drive or natural instinct to chase. Children ages 12-16 will be permitted with adult supervision
- Many dogs will be experiencing the off-leash environment for the first time and may not be used to the experience. Please watch your dog closely. If your dog acts aggressively, please put the dog on a leash immediately and let the animal "cool down". It takes time for a new dog to become comfortable with the fact that other dogs all share the neutral environment. Keep in mind that everyone at the park wants the same thing - socialized dogs that can have fun together. If you are not sure how your dog will react, try to come to the park when few other dogs are there to keep the intimidation level as low as possible. You may wish to keep your first visit to the dog park rather short to minimize the stress on your pup. Leaving early when your dog is having a good time will make it more likely that your dog will be anxious to return for subsequent visits.
- No bare feet! Some types of worms can enter your body through the soles of your feet. Are you absolutely certain that every dog in the dog park is worm-free?
- Keep your head on a swivel at all times as there will likely be groups of dogs running around the park and having fun. People standing around are obstructions. A dog being chased may try to run its pursuer into a person in order to gain an advantage. Stay alert!
- Do not bring human or pet food to the dog park. Many dogs are on diets to keep their weight under control. A normally well-behaved dog can jump at or lunge for food, especially tasty human food, when hungry. Also, some dogs have food allergies and that treat might make a dog ill.
How to License your Dog
Questions, Comments or Concerns?
- Please contact Ryan Longoria
- City of Mt. Pleasant Director of Recreation and Sports