Dog park planned near downtown Indy

The 8,000-square-foot park will be located in Fountain Square next to Immanuel United Church of Christ.

A brand new dog park is coming to Indy!

The Dog Park at Immanuel will be located in the Bates-Hendricks neighborhood, which is southeast of downtown near Fountain Square. The lot belongs to Immanuel United Church of Christ, 402 Prospect Street and is being donated for  the park.

Erica Ballard, president of The Downtown Indy Dog Park Coalition, has been pushing to get a dog park in downtown Indy for three years. She is the founder and executive

Erica Ballard and Max.

director of Indy Dog Park Co. and has worked with the church and local residents to make the park a reality. "I just want a safe place for my dog to play," she says. Her dog, Max, is a Wheaten Terrier. 

The dog park is expected to be about 8,000 square feet. It will be partially turfed with canine grass to allow easier upkeep, a fence will surround the park and a concrete section will be set off to the side. There will be separate areas for small and big dogs. An annual membership to the dog park will cost $20, and households are able to bring up to three dogs to the park.

Before it can break ground, The Indy Dog Park Coalition needs to raise around $33,000 to fund the park. Construction is expected to begin in October. To find out more about the park or to donate, visit

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