To provide a safe, clean, beautiful, and accessible environment for people and dogs to exercise and socialize together;
To solicit, receive, invest, and use funds to facilitate the health, safety, and improvement of the park for people and dogs and provide volunteer support toward those ends;
To support off-leash privileges, advocate responsible dog ownership and education, and cultivate community spirit and neighborhood relationships through outreach efforts and programs.
The Ghent Dog Park, also known as Barkley Gardens, is a unique, urban city dog park in the historic Ghent neighborhood of Norfolk.
In 2003 the City of Norfolk designated the 1300 block of Stockley Gardens between Maury and Baldwin Avenues as an off-leash dog park.
Today, this 1.25-acre, fully fenced park functions as a "community center without the building", each week providing dozens of people and their dogs a safe, clean, beautiful, and accessible environment to exercise and socialize together.