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Irvine's Wonderful Dog Park: Central Bark in Irvine, CA

Central Bark: Irvine’s Wonderful Dog Park

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One of the many great aspects of buying a home for sale in Irvine, CA, is that city planners think of absolutely everything related to a wholesome lifestyle. When neighborhood developers started building gated communities with dog parks in the late 1990s, the City of Irvine quickly took notice and built the Central Bark Dog Park in the year 2000.

Central Bark is conveniently located on Oak Canyon Road, not far from the Sand Canyon Avenue I-5 freeway ramp. This is a community park where Irvine residents are allowed to take the leashes off their dogs so they can enjoy quality time together. Here are a few helpful things to know about Central Bark.


This rectangular park spreads across three acres for the maximum enjoyment of dogs and their owners. A few watering stations are located around the park. Hours of operation are from 6:30 in the morning until 10:00 at night. The park is adequately illuminated after sunset, and it is only closed on Wednesdays for maintenance. There is even a covered seating area that is ideal for the few rainy days Irvine gets each year.


As dog owners are expected to clean up after their pets, waste bags and receptacles are located throughout the park. Water is abundant so there is no excuse for not washing down liquid secretions that cannot be scooped up. Needless to say, dogs should be healthy and vaccinated when they enter Central Bark. Some areas of the park can get muddy, which is an inviting situation for many dogs, so it helps to bring a towel.


The park features large grassy areas as well as dirt and mulch patches. Dogs are in their element here since they have plenty of space to run and excellent spots to dig. People are encouraged to bring toys to the park so their pets can have even more enjoyment.

It is important to keep large dogs away from smaller ones and vice versa, and there are fenced sections dedicated for small dogs and large dogs. Children under 13 should not enter the section for larger dogs without supervision. The Irvine Animal Shelter is located next door in case owners would like to encourage friends or relatives to adopt a dog in need of a home.


Pet owners are fully responsible for the actions of their dogs. Puppies should be at least four months old. Females should not be lactating, and all dogs should be spayed and neutered before their first visit. No food should be brought to the park, and dogs should be leashed and removed if they become aggressive for any reason. The trees are for dogs to relieve themselves on and should not be climbed.

Single-family homes aren’t the only option for pet owners in Irvine. Condos for sale in the area may or may not allow dogs, so make sure to check the rules before making an offer. Local real estate agents can help you find the right property for your family and your pet. Call 714-454-6304 today to start your search.

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