This can be a fun place to go with your dog in Nashville!
Bark, the company behind BarkBox, is thinking outside of its toy boxes delivered monthly to more than 600,000 subscribers each month with the debut of its own kind of dog park.
Dubbed “BarkPark,” the dog park isn’t an ordinary dog park but rather a “members-only outdoor clubhouse where dogs are the members.”
The first BarkPark is scheduled to open on September 8 in Nashville, Tenn. It will be open daily between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. through November. The BarkPark will encompass a landscaped green space designed for dogs to run around as well as access to plenty of Bark-branded toys and treats. (Bark currently produces more than 430 new toys each year.) The park is promised to be cleaned regularly, and there will be BarkPark “hosts” who are also trained professionals to monitor dog play and ensure safety for all attendees.
But as much as this is a place for dogs, it is clearly also meant to be a space for their human companions to enjoy well, tapping into the documented trend among consumers looking to spend more on experiences—especially those that photograph for Instagram well—these days. The park will be putting on a number of events, at least twice weekly, including “Downward Dog Yoga” and “Okto-Bark-Fest.” The park will also host some of Bark’s existing programming already held routinely in other cities, such as the Open Bark Night comedy show.
Additionally, for the owners, BarkPark will have on-site restrooms, “comfy” seating, human-grade snacks, and perhaps most crucially, coffee and Wi-Fi.
Doodles of the BarkBox space by artist Dave Coverly.
Dave Coverly/BarkBoxThe subscription service has already touted itself as an experience for dogs and their owners, with a new theme to each month’s arrival. Past themes have tapped into holidays (Halloween is a popular one), pop culture (including a whole box dedicated to the ’90s), and other creative ventures that often involve a good pun (including “Secrets of the Rainfurrest”). Many BarkBox subscribers also share these experiences via social media through “unboxing” videos on Instagram, Snapchat, and YouTube.
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