Barks for Parks!

A fundraiser for Dane County Dog Parks

Join the celebration at Badger Prairie County Park (6720 U.S. 151, Verona)

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Noon - 4:00 pm

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Raffle and Obstacle Course Winners

If you weren’t able to stay for the raffle prize and obstacle course announcements, we are posting the winning ticket numbers below. Please claim your prize from our office by Friday at noon. See our “contact us” page for our address and office hours. Bring your winning raffle prize ticket with you. 

Obstacle Course Winners:
Maiya Weber

Becky Kurush

Jen Bulieit

Raffle Prizes:
854391 ($20 Glass Nickel Pizza gift card)
854489 ($20 Glass Nickel Pizza gift card)
854227 ($20 Glass Nickel Pizza gift card)
854290 ($100 worth of doggy merchandise from Blain’s Farm & Fleet)
854323 ($25 Blain’s Farm & Fleet gift card and a $20 Glass Nickel Pizza gift card)
854460 ($100 Blain’s Farm & Fleet gift card 
854326 $200 Blain’s Farm & Fleet gift card)



This afternoon of fun will include live music, food, and entertainment for both pups and their people.  Proceeds from this year’s event will be used to build a shade structure at the Badger Prairie Dog Park. Suggested donation for admission is $5.00 per person. Dogs are free but must have a daily or annual dog permit. These can be purchased at the event or in advance through our website.

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Please note that dogs must be on a 6’ static leash and be current on vaccinations. Dogs must be people and animal friendly.  Please check out our complete list of "Barks for Parks!" Dog Rules for the event:

Can't make it to Barks for Parks? You can still support Dane County dog parks by making a donation online or by mail.  Just indicate that you would like your donation to be used to support the dog park program. 

***Dane County Parks reserves the right to refuse participation to any vendor or group. Businesses that promote dominance or punishment-based training techniques or encourage letting dogs off leash in the Dane County Park System (outside of dog parks) may not be allowed to participate.


Did you know?

Dane County was one of the first park systems in the United States to develop designated off-leash pet exercise areas and has been used as a model for other systems across the United States.

Scheduled Activities

Adoptable Dog Parade: 1:00 pm in the stage area.
There will be a number of nonprofit and rescue groups at Barks for Parks this year and many will bring adoptable pups and participate in an adoptable dog parade. Come meet amazing pups looking for forever homes.

Dane County Ninja Pup Obstacle Course: Noon to 3:30 pm
Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is for you and your pup to navigate an obstacle course filled with stations that will test your physical stamina, mental prowess, and ability to look goofy in front of your human and canine peers. Everyone that completes the course will be entered for a chance to win one of three $25 gift certificates donated by Blain's Farm and Fleet of Verona. A drawing will be held on stage at 3:30 pm. Thank you to Team RWB for volunteering to run this activity.

Puppy Yoga: at 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm
Instructor Alisa Andrea will lead you through a 45-minute yoga session with adorable, adoptable puppies frolicking around you (really tests your balance!). The puppies are from Underdog Pet Rescue of Wisconsin and other local rescue organizations. The sessions will be all-levels and beginner friendly, a perfect and intimidation-free introduction to yoga. They will be held in a soft grassy area with cardboard yoga mats available for use. You are welcome to bring your own mat too if you would like, just keep in mind that some puppies think yoga mats are super fun toys and can be a bit messy at times. Kids are welcome to join in for all or part of the yoga session as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Not interested in yoga? You can meet the puppies and try out yoga poses in between yoga sessions. *If you have a dog at Barks for Parks, please have a friend watch them while you are in the puppy yoga enclosure.

Mostly Harmless Flyball Team Agility and Flyball demos: in demo area at 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 and 3:30 pm
The Mostly Harmless Flyball Team will show off their skills with agility demonstrations at 1:30 and 3:30 pm and Flyball demonstrations at 12:30 and 2:30 pm.

Verona Police K9 Unit demo: in demo area at 2:00 pm
Officer Matthew Kile and K9 Officer Drea will demonstrate some of the work they do with a drug sniff and article search demonstration. 

Prize Raffle: drawing at 3:30 pm
Check in at the welcome table to get a free raffle ticket. The raffle drawing will occur at 3:30 pm. You don't need to be present to win. Prizes were donated by the Verona Farm & Fleet ($200, $100, or $25 gift card and a basket of doggy merchandise worth $100), Ian's Pizza (free slice vouchers), Calliope Ice Cream (free scoop vouchers), and Glass Nickel  Pizza (five $20 gift cards).

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Sponsor Booths

Many of our sponsors will have booths at Barks for Parks! Stop by their booths and thank them for supporting Dane County Dog Parks.

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Special Services

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Exhibitors and Activities

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MusicThe Material Boys

We are excited to announce that our musical guest this year will be The Material Boys. They play a wide range of covers and originals and are sure to have something for everyone. Listen to samples of their music on their web page.



Beverages and food will be available for purchase at this event. This year their will are expanding our selection by inviting food carts and vendors. Vendors will donate a percentage of their sales back to Dane County Dog Parks so make sure to come with an appetite! This year's vendors will include:
  • Toast - Madison’s best paninis
  • Capital Popcorn - popcorn, cotton candy and Sassy Cow Ice Cream
  • Noosh - global Jewish cuisine
  • Justveggiez - vegetarian and vegan food
  • Root Beer Floats and Pup Cups - Team RWB will be selling root beer floats made with Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream and pup ice cream cups in three flavors!100% of the proceeds donated to Dane County Dog Parks!
  • More food vendors coming soon.
We need volunteers to make this event a success! Consider signing up for a volunteer shift to help us out. Volunteers will get a Dane County Parks volunteer t-shirt as a thank you. Please note that volunteers cannot have their dog with them during their shift. If you want to sign up for one of these shifts and plan to have your pup with you, make sure you have a friend that can watch them while you are volunteering.

Dane County Parks was one of the first park systems in the nation to develop off-leash dog parks and is recognized as a national leader. Each year, our seven dog parks serve over 600,000 visitors and win local awards. Become a Barks for Parks and let park users know you are passionate about our pup parks.

Your sponsorship would be recognized in the following ways:

  • Posters: at each of our seven dog parks and at all other Dane County Recreation Parks (over 3 million visitors in 2018). *Sponsors must commit by June 1, 2019 to get their name/logo on event posters.
  • Website: listed on the event website (3,800+ page hits two months before the event in 2018).
  • Social Media: advertised in advance in the Facebook event and a follow up post after letting folks know how much was raised (1,600 people followed the event in 2018).
  • At event: listed on a thank you poster at the event (500+ attended in 2018).
  • Additional benefits by level are listed in the sponsor packet.


Best of Madison 2019 winnerOur dog parks won all three spots in the 2019 Best of Madison dog park category:

1st Prairie Moraine Dog Park
2nd Badger Prairie Dog Park
3rd Token Creek Dog Park