In 2008, a group of residents came together with a mission- to establish a community-based, enclosed off-leash dog park that is well-maintained, safe and enjoyable for well-behaved dogs and people. In 2012, after years of outreach, planning and fundraising, the Bernard Dog Run was finally opened to the public!
Our original plan was to provide an off-leash area that met the following criteria:
The dog park should be accessible, centrally located within Lawrenceville and should include a separate section for small dogs and large dogs.
The dog park is a community recreational amenity and should strive to be in harmony with the natural environment, property and the community.
A stewardship committee made up of local residents should monitor and maintain the dog park in partnership with the City of Pittsburgh Parks Department.
The dog park should be named the Bernard Dog Run in honor of the late Jay Bernard, a Lawrenceville resident, businessman and abandoned dog advocate.