Become a 2021 BARK Ranger!


The dog runs in Maria Hernandez Park do not receive funding from the city for repairs and maintenance, despite being on public, city property.

In 2020, the Maria Hernandez Park Dog Run Pack launched the first-ever NYC Bark Ranger program to foster responsible park use by dog owners and help raise funds for the dog runs.

By becoming an NYC Bark Ranger, you will help fund the vital repairs needed to keep the dog runs clean & safe!

NYC Bark Ranger Mission

Inspired by the National Parks Service, the NYC Bark Ranger program aims to foster responsible dog ownership in New York City by representing these basic principles:

  • Bag and dispose of your dog's waste

  • Always comply with leash rules

  • Respect wildlife and park goers

  • Know where you can go

100% of the proceeds from the NYC Bark Rangers program will go towards renovating and maintaining the dog runs in Maria Hernandez Park-- this includes purchasing work tools, trash cans, trash bags, replacing the torn green screening around the fences, installing a shade solution, and repairing (or replacing) the gravel surfacing.

How to Enroll


Donors who contribute $50 or more in 2021 will receive an engraved Maria Hernandez Park Bark Ranger pet tag with the current year on the back as a token of our appreciation.

Please donate via Venmo to @mhdogrunpack (verification code 0818 if needed) and include your email address to be notified when your tag is ready for pickup at Bushwick Bark on Irving. If you will like your tagged mailed, please add $5 to your donation and include your mailing address in the Venmo note.

2021 tags are currently in production and should be available for pickup by mid-February.

We understand finances may be tough during these uncertain times, so we gladly welcome smaller donation installments through June 1, 2021 to achieve a $50 contribution total for a Bark Ranger tag!


Join the Pack

Become a Pack volunteer or active group member today!