'Temporary' off-leash dog park opens in Mpls.

7:43 AM, Jan 26, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - It won't "officially" open for months, but Minneapolis residents get a chance to preview a new off-leash dog park over the next couple of months.

Although there is still a significant amount of work to be done on it, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) decided to open the sixth district off-leash dog park at Lyndale Farmstead Park Friday for a preview of sorts. It will remain open until spring for dog owners who want a place to run their pets.

The temporary park will close for final construction once spring comes, only to open permanently in early Summer 2013.

Here is what the city says you can expect during the temporary "preview" opening:

  • The current surface across the dog park is a gravel base. (The final surface will be a granite chip material and will be installed in the spring.)
  • The majority of chain link fencing around the park has been installed with the exception of the entrance vestibule. The entrance area will be completed once the granite chip is installed. In the meantime, a temporary fenced-in vestibule will be in its place.
  • The completion of the filtration area is not quite finished. Currently a temporary construction fence surrounds this area so please make sure to keep your pets out of the filtration area.

All city rules for off-leash recreation apply during the special preview opening, and an off-leash permit is required for all dogs.

To learn more about the new sixth district dog park check out the MPRB website.

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