JOIN US October 28, 2017  at the Park!

Let's Meet OFF-Leash!


Strutt Your Mutt!! 
click here for more Event photos

Thanks to all who joined us for the
8th annual
dog walk and fair.

MusicMan Kevin and Beth Koschel
Provided PhotoBooth Memories






Mt Pleasant Hospital for Animals Titck Ranger
Mary Kay Consultant NEWTOWN
Divine Dog Grooming WAGS Doggie Day Camp
The Animal Center Tiger Rose Labradors

  Come VISIT  our  Event Sponsors and Vendors! 

Newtown Curbside Vet

Your Healthy Pet Newtown Emergency Vet Care Entertainment provided by The "MUSICMAN" Kevin Koschel

PawTown Pet Sitters

Renewal by Andersen

Camp Seawatch Kennels

Coy's Toys

Cafe Expresso

Connecticut Humane Society

Stained Glass by Adrianna


In Remembrance of Olivia Rose Engel

Share your JOY with a photo of your pet

and text describing them!


 "A Tired Dog is a Good Dog!"




 "A Tired Dog is a Good Dog!"


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There is still time to order!


for the dog

(OR DOG LOVER) in your Life!


Friends of Newtown Park and Bark continue to offer its "Buy-a-Brick Campaign" adding a special finishing touch to the brick walkway leading to Newtown’s FIRST off-leash dog park.

Buy a brick on-line; have it engraved and dedicate your purchase in honor/memory of a special pet or person. Or just leave your mark and make a fun statement that declares your love of animals and support for our mission.

Bricks Example

Brick Example

Personalize your own 4x8 or 8x8 inch brick with your dog's name, your family's name—get creative! You can even include a paw print on your brick.

Order yours now via Paypal!

Bricks will be delivered and installed in phases by Parks and Recreation.

For more information contact us at



December 14, 2013

The dog park has its own special angel. 

Newtown Park and Bark is honored to have been chosen for contributions made in the memory of Olivia Rose Engel.

We wish to say thank-you  to those who have donated over the past year. Your kind words of support have all been shared with her family.

Olivia’s family will be installing a permanent memorial sometime in 2014 at the dog park. As we mark to this solemn anniversary we want to remind you that “As a dog brings joy to our lives, Olivia will continue to bring joy to this community.”

Visit  OLIVIA’s JOY on our website, you are welcome to share a photo of your pet who brings you joy!

Completion of Park and Bark by the Newtown Parks and Recreation Department is near completion.

To learn more about Park and Bark and our upcoming activities Like us on Facebook

Remember to take the time to 

Paws -- Reflect -- Connect


August 25, 2013

Our dogs walking in the 2012 parade


Our fourth year walking

in the 

52nd Annual Newtown Labor Day Parade

Monday, September 2, 2013

Please confirm our meeting spot at

The Bee or the Parade site.

9:30 am, bring your water and bags.

First twenty dogs to show up will receive

a Park and Bark bandanna!

Walkers, wear your P&B tees.


And don't forget there will be food and fun

at the Midddle School  LABOR DAY FAIR!

Paws, Connect, Reflect, a memo0ry of the love of Newtown

May 18, 2013

Thank-You to everyone who joined us for Strutt Your Mutt! 2013

For more photos of the event, visit our facebook page

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February 14, 2013


Friends of Park and Bark welcome you to share the JOY of your pet

by sending us a few words and an image to post on our new feature page

Olivia’s JOY.


In honor of Olivia Rose Engel; share what makes you smile.

January 14, 2013:

The Friends of Newtown Park and Bark and the Parks and Recreation Dept. of Newtown would like to acknowledge the heartfelt responses and generous donations made by so many in honor of Olivia Rose Engel. We are truly honored and deeply touched by the decision of Olivia’s family to support our efforts in this way. We will strive to honor Olivia's joyful and caring nature with a thoughtful use of the donations, which we will share at a later date. 

The Friends of Newtown Park and Bark

Find out how you can share in Olivia's love of dogs with all of us on February 14, 2013 by returning to our web page or visiting us on Facebook.

Who We Are: We are a volunteer group of Newtown resident dog-lovers, who have joined forces in order to establish an official off-leash dog park here in town.  The town has agreed to provide a piece of land if we can raise the necessary funds to construct a park.  Our responsibilities include marketing, fundraising, park design, establishing park rules, and advocating among the necessary town committees and constituents impacted by this project.

Mission & Vision: Our goal is to raise funds through grants and donations in order to pay for construction materials and ongoing maintenance of the park. We envision two separate fenced areas for small (or older) dogs and for larger dogs to play; year-round drinking water; agility course elements; park benches and a memorial garden where residents can create a lasting tribute to beloved companion animals.


December 9, 2012   11AM to 3 PM
Photos with Santa

Photos with Santa

Estimated time of Dog Park Opening: Late 2013

Dog Park

Friends of Park and Bark met at the site of the future dog park with John Moore, Parks Operation Supervisor for the Town of Newtown to review the existing plot map and questions regarding fencing, seeding, elevations, parking and park opening. If you happen to visit the new Animal Care Center on Old Farms Road you will see the dog park map.  Imagine all the dogs playing, rain, snow or sun. If we build it they will come!


Featured Adoptable Pet:


Pack Leaders Dog Rescue of CT
Manchester, CT

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