Fetch Park, an off-leash “dog park bar and social hub,” has opened in Buckhead Village joining its flagship location in Old Fourth Ward, recently opened outpost in Columbus, and forthcoming locations in Alpharetta and West Midtown. Outside of Georgia, Fetch is coming soon to Nashville, TN, and Colorado Springs, CO.
Located on the corner of Buckhead Avenue and North Fulton Drive, the gathering spot for people and pups features a full-service bar and expansive intown greenspace for people and pups to “Unleash and Unwind.” Fetch Park Buckhead is similar in look and feel to Fetch’s original Old Fourth Ward location and features greenspace covered in durable, mud-free field turf, cooling stations, and a bath area, shaded seating, Wi-Fi throughout, and multiple Ultra Bright Outdoor Televisions.
The crown jewel of the “BARk” is a vintage Airstream equipped with a selection of beer, wine and spirits, as well as a complete coffee bar filled with exclusive blends. A nod to founder Stephen Ochs’ baseball past, the design of the park resembles an old school minor league baseball field with murals, concessions at the airstream, fences enclosing the space, and illuminated signage. Fetch Park employs attendants, called “Bark Rangers,” to ensure the safety of all dogs and guests and maintain the grounds.
The BARk also hosts events, including their “Unleashed & Unplugged” live music series every Friday evening, “Ales, Tails…& Trivia” each Wednesday, “Barks & Banter” live stand-up comedy twice a month, and more. On opening night (Monday, January 10), Fetch will play the college football National Championship on the big screen beginning at 8 p.m., and for the Big Game on Sunday, February 13, they’ll host a Puppy Bowl. Additional details will be announced soon.
Founded by Ochs in 2018 after a five-year journey that involved numerous hurdles including hearing “no” from 86 banks due to the uniqueness of the concept, Fetch Park was born out of his desire to create a safe place to socialize with both Ochs’ beloved boxer Oakley and his friends, according to a press release Monday.
“We’ve listened to our guests’ overwhelming desire to add more locations to the Atlanta area,” Ochs said in the release. “We’re thrilled to work with Jamestown to bring Fetch to Buckhead in the best way possible for the many dogs and humans in the neighborhood who love the Fetch Park experience but want it closer to home.”
Fetch is free for humans to enter and enjoy, with a membership program available for dogs. Entrance to the park for pups ranges from a daily $10 rate to monthly and annual membership options, similar to the Old Fourth Ward location’s pricing structure. Members can enjoy all Fetch locations under their membership dues. To enter the property, all dogs are required to have up-to-date vaccinations on file and be spayed or neutered if eight months or older.
Since acquiring Buckhead Village two years ago, Jamestown has been working with community partners and retail tenants to reimagine the site. Some of these changes have included the debut of public spaces, including the pedestrian-only Center Plaza and the open-air Veranda porch programmed with live music and local coffee from BRASH Coffee Roasters, wayfinding signage, a rebranding including a new logo and name, enhanced landscaping and greenspace and updated storefronts.
The property earned the 2019 Outstanding Urban Arboriculture Grand Award for taking care of the urban tree canopy, and in 2021, Buckhead Village benchmarked energy and water consumption and installed an energy management information system to improve energy usage on-site. Jamestown has executed leases with small businesses including a florist, hatmaker, French bakery and jewelry store, among others, blending national and local concepts.