Shelby, MI – While the newly established Shelby Township Bark Park won’t be officially open until the spring, the park is available for the community to use during the winter. The site, located east of the Mount Hope Cemetery on East Sixth Street in Shelby, currently has a completed parking lot and dog park fencing. Before its opening this spring, the park will add to the site water, benches, garbage bins, and an agility course for the dogs to enjoy.


The Shelby Township Bark Park, the first dog park in Oceana County, was paid for with ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds and community donations. The park will provide an opportunity for residents who do not have large properties to roam or for those looking to socialize their dogs a safe place to treat their four-legged friends.


“The focus of the Shelby Township Board is to build an infrastructure to support our growth, and we are excited to add an additional recreational outlet for dog owners in Shelby, as well as our neighbors in Oceana County,” said Shelby Township Supervisor Richard Raffaelli. “We firmly believe in the importance of providing opportunities for our residents to enjoy the outdoors and all that Shelby Township has to offer.”