New Dog Park Opens Early

Pups will get a place to play for the winter before final construction resumes in the spring.

The following is an announcement from the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, emailed to reporters Tuesday afternoon: 

In response to overwhelming requests from the community, the much anticipated Off-Leash Dog Park at Lyndale Farmstead Park will open this Friday for a “preview” during the winter months.   

Although there is still a significant amount of work to be done, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) determined that the park could open on a temporary basis to accommodate pet owners who are looking for a nearby area for their dogs to run for the winter months. This opportunity will allow everyone who is eagerly awaiting the new off-leash space to get a sneak preview of what the new park will have to offer.

The Off-Leash Park will close in spring for the remaining construction work with a grand opening planned for Early Summer 2013 when the full park will be completed.

Here is what 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.

Remember that all rules for off-leash recreation apply during this “Preview” opening and an Off-Leash Permit is required for all dogs. Permits can be obtained by calling customer service 612-230-6400 or online at www.minneapolisparks.org/dogparks.

Once completed the off-leash area will feature: See the plan   

  • A concrete entrance will be constructed off of Dupont Avenue with a connecting concrete walk over to the primary seating area. The seating area will include benches and a shade structure.
  • Landscape plantings will encompass the perimeter of the dog park and provide a soft edge and buffer. 

Dog owner January 25, 2013 at 05:25 PM
We checked it out today and are so grateful for the early opening. Is it possible for someone to throw a couple of sandbags in front of the fence at the end opposite the entry? There's a low point where my dog tried to crawl under, and he almost escaped!


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