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FIDO's Coffee Bark

Usually the First Saturday of Every Month...

In the Long Meadow below the Picnic House
Hours: 7 set up - 9 a.m.

*Right now we're operatng under Covid Restrictions

Rain, sleet, snow (sorry - snow can get the best of us sometime) or shine, FIDO in Prospect Park sets up a table full of goodies on the first Saturday of every month.  Look for coffee, pastries, dog biscuits as well as relevant information pertaining to off-leash activities and issues. And it's all FREE!

Take Your Pick: Winter....

Or Summer...


What's Coffee Bark?

As a regular monthly event, Coffee Bark stands as a shining example of all that is great about off-leash recreation in City parks. Over the course of our 2 hour event, many of the hundreds of dogs and their people who take advantage of the Long Meadow, stop by for coffee and chat about the concerns of the day. This is our way of making contact with each and every dog and owner and to let them know what FIDO is all about.


With dozens of dogs and people scattered from Grand Army Plaza to the 9th Street Ball fields, the Long Meadow is an amazing sight. People even show up at 7 a.m. from as far away as Western Massachusetts! And at 9 am, everyone leashes up and goes home!

You got to see it to believe it!











Note: Though this event is extremely popular with canine & owner alike, it may not be for everyone. Use common sense!

We can always use volunteers especially to help wrap up the morning. A big thanks to our Coffee Bark set-up regulars.

Sponsor A Coffee Bark

Sponsoring Coffee Bark not only allows us to maintain this twenty year old monthly tradition, it allows you to personally interact with several hundred dog owners and their families. Sponsoring a Coffee Bar costs $150. We will publicize that you will be there to answer questions through Fidobrooklyn Facebook and our membership e-mail database of 700+ people. You are welcome to post your own signs on our tables as well. We do ask that you bring a card table of your own since the coffee/pastry/dog biscuit tables tend to be chaos!

Long term monthly sponsors are encouraged.. At present we have one regular monthly sponsor - a real estate person specializing in dog friendly apartments. Other categories are welcome. In reality it would be a co-sponsorship but the price remains the same for all parties - $150.

E-mail for more details



FIDO Seminar Series

On Hold

Bark! The Herals Angels Sing

Our December Howl-a-Day Gathering
Where: Long Meadow beside the Picnic House
When: December Coffee Bark
Time: 8 am to 10 am

NOTE: We have a permit for extended off-leash until 10 am in the immediate vicinity of the event.

Brooklyn dog owners: bring your canine companions and come celebrate the holidays at a morning gathering with FIDO In Prospect Park. Join us for song, coffee& hot chocolate and mulled cider. Santa will hand out chew bones and treats. Deck your dogs in festive attire and gather around for a holiday sing-a-long of your holiday favorites. Fido will provide songbooks with dog-centric lyrics


FIDO’s Spring Pot Luck Picnic for Pooches & Their People
When: Last Friday In May
Where: Prospect Park’s Picnic House
Time: 5 p.m. until dusk

Please bring Some Food
While we sometimes have restaurant donations on hand, we ask that dog owners help out by bringing something as well. Those whose dogs have names beginning with the letters A through G might bring an appetizer, salad or bread. If your dog’s name begins with an H through P, bring a small entrée. For letters Q through Z, a dessert would be welcome. FIDO will provide beverages, paper goods, plastic ware, trash bags, water and biscuits for the dogs.
Our pot-luck affair will also feature the FIDO Mid-Summer Games in which canine contestants vie to see who can catch the most dog biscuits; who gives the most licks per minute; biggest/smallest foot/ears; plus stupid dog tricks.  Agility equipment should be on hand for additional fun.
We will have a permit designated off-leash area

Prospect Park Alliance Events

See their website at:

The Prospect Park Alliance is a public/private partnership with the City of New York, which, through fundraising and advocacy, furthers the restoration and preservation of Prospect Park and the development of the Park as a resource for the people of New York City. The Alliance has been active in the transformation of Prospect Park into one of the most sought-after destinations in all of New York City. The Alliance was instrumental in the restoration of the 1912 Coney Island-style Carousel, transformation of Lefferts Homestead into the first children's historic house museum in the United States, renovation of the Park's playgrounds, and the capital campaign to save Brooklyn's last forest - a restoration of 150 acres of ailing woodlands in the Park.

In addition, the Prospect Park Alliance emphasizes wildlife and nature as found in Prospect Park through show and tell exhibits located at the Audubon Center at the Boat House.