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Pub Dog (pubdogcolorado.com) pioneered the dog park/bar concept locally four years ago on Bott Avenue. The spot’s still barking strong, with weekly breed-specific meetups, trivia nights and more. But it will soon see some competition — if a 15-mile distance away can be considered that — in the form of Fetch Park (fetchpark.com), opening this winter off Interquest Parkway.

Fetch launched in 2018 in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, with three more Atlanta locations coming this year, plus one in Columbus, Georgia, and Nashville, and this Springs spot. As renderings remain in the design phase, there are no details yet on the size of Fetch’s minor league baseball-inspired, off-leash, turf field, but a PR rep for the project says it’s “big.” The facility will also feature cooling stations, a doggy bath area, shaded seating, TVs and a modified Airstream bar. Events will include live music, movie and stand-up nights. Fetch also employs BARk Rangers,” and though it’s free for all people, pups require memberships (or $10 day passes), and owners must supply proof of vaccinations and spay/neutering — safety and animal well-being being the top priority, says the rep.  

Thompson Properties’ owner/broker Joanna Thompson is investing in and responsible for this location; she’s from Georgia and her sister lives in Atlanta, and introduced her to Fetch. Stephen Ochs (no relation to the Springs’ Old Depot owners) founded the company.

Food & Drink Editor

Matthew Schniper is the Food and Drink Editor at the Colorado Springs Indy. He began freelancing with the Indy in mid-2004 and joined full-time in early 2006, contributing arts, food, environmental and feature writing.