The NOMA Bark Park -- the newest dog park in the city of Columbia -- held its grand opening Sunday at Earlewood Park.
Mayor Steve Benjamin and other city officials formally opened the dog park, but it was the pooches who helped break it in.
More than three dozen dogs romped around the fenced-in area along the park's perimeter on Main Street. Surprisingly, the dogs were not very vocal. They obviously approved, though, busily sniffing each other -- and the grounds.
There also is a dog water fountain and a smaller fenced-in area especially designed for smaller dogs.
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Dog owners were allowed to enter the dog park for free Sunday, but it will be restricted only to owners who register and pay a $25 annual fee. Dogs must be up to date on shots, spayed or neutered, and supervised at all times.
See a video of the opening Sunday: