Bark Park


It's a Dog's Life.

In late 2003, Wayside was thrilled to open the new Wayside Waifs Bark Park, given and dedicated by the Harold and Marilyn Melcher family. And what a great park it is for an off-leash romp with your canine friends!  We hope you and your dog find the park to be a great outlet for fun, socialization and bonding.  Our goal is to create the safest dog park in the metropolitan area.


Features of our Bark Park

  • Membership fees directly support Wayside Waifs homeless pets.
  • Five acres of fenced-in grass-covered off-leash fun.
  • Double-gated entry.
  • Separate enclosed area for small dogs.
  • Trees and shaded areas.
  • Covered pavilions and park benches.
  • Fully lighted and open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
  • “Time-out Kennels” for dogs who may become overly excited or exhausted by their play. The kennels are also handy if you bring two dogs and want to “park” one while doing training work with the other.
  • Watering stations located throughout the park.
  • Lots of open space for those Frisbee addicts.
  • Fun and educational programs provided.
  • Ample lighted parking near the park entrance.
  • Restrooms available in our shelter during business hours.

Membership Fees

The Bark Park is open for members only and requires a card for entry. This further guarantees the security of the Bark Park, and all proceeds go to support Wayside’s shelter operations.

Annual Membership is $120.00
Monthly Membership is $20.00
Daily Membership is $3.00

To get started today:

  1. Print and sign the Registration Form.
  2. Print and sign the Waiver of Liability.
  3. Bring both forms and current vaccine records to Wayside Waifs front desk during business hours.

Directions To The Bark Park

You can get detailed directions by clicking here.

Hours of Operation

Our Bark Park is for members only and requires a gate card to enter the park. The park is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the convenience of members with monthly and yearly passes.  Daily passes must be used while the shelter is open. 

Park Rules

Wayside Waifs Bark Park
Use At Your Own Risk
No Attendant On Duty

There are some inherent risks of personal injury, property damage, and even death associated with visiting an off-leash dog park. As a member of the Bark Park, you agree to abide by the following rules:

  1. Only members of the park and their guests may use the park.  Members must accompany guests at all times. 
  2. Dogs must wear a collar with proper I.D. and a license at all times.
  3. Children under age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parents and guardians are responsible for the safety of their children.
  4. Limit 2 dogs per adult visitor.

To prevent fights and injuries:

    5. The large dog park is for dogs 40 pounds and up.  All dogs under 40 pounds must use the
        small dog park.
    6. Dogs with a history of aggression toward people or other dogs may NOT use the dog park.  If you don't know
        how your dog will interact with other dogs, please do not bring him/her to the dog park.  
    7. Wolves or wolf hybrids are prohibited.
    8. Dogs with a history of aggression, those who have injured other animals, or are known to
        initiate fights are prohibited.
    9. Should your dog be reported as showing aggressive behaviors or causes harm to another 
        dog, your dog park privileges will be suspended.
   10. Dogs must be leashed from the owner's vehicle to the park, and upon leaving the park.
        However, please unleash your dog once inside the safety entrance gate and before
        proceeding through the main gate leading into the park.
   11. Unaltered (not spayed or neutered) dogs are not allowed in the park.
   12. Pinch, choke and prong collars are not allowed.
   13. Leaving dogs unattended is prohibited.
   14. Owners must maintain verbal and physical control of their dogs at all times.
   15. Do not bring human food into the park.  Rawhide bones, smoking and glass containers are
        also prohibited.

To protect the health and safety of your pet and others:
   16. State law requires all dogs must be currently vaccinated for rabies.
   17. Puppies under five months of age are not allowed.
   18. Owners must clean up after their dogs.  Plastic bags are provided for the disposal of waste.

Failure to abide by the park rules may result in the loss of privileges or owners may be ticketed
by Animal Control.

Wayside Waifs | 3901 Martha Truman Road | Kansas City, MO 64137 | 816.761.8151