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By Demetria Mosley, Published July 15 2012

Downtown Fargo getting new dog park

FARGO – Dogs around Fargo have something new to wag their tails about: a new dog park in the downtown area.

“The setting for the park is nice because there’s a trail that leads you there and it’s by the river and surrounded by trees,” said Amy Rasmussen, administrative assistant for the Fargo Park District.

The off-leash dog park will be located on about an acre and a half of space about a quarter of a mile south of the Dike East parking lot and Midtown Dam.

“People have been requesting a downtown dog park for about two to three years now,” said Dave Leker, director of parks.

This will be the fourth dog park in Fargo-Moorhead. The other parks are at Village West and Yunker Farm in Fargo and Centennial Dog Park in Moorhead.

The Fargo Park District recently approved a fencing bid for the park. The chain-link fence will divide the larger dogs from the smaller dogs.

“There are some teeny, tiny dogs that come to the parks,” Leker said. “We researched and found out that it is better to just divide the two dogs.”

Due to possible flooding that could harm the fences, the dog park will be operated on a year-to-year basis, he said.

“This is a great addition to the downtown area,” Leker said.

The park is expected to open sometime in early August.

Dike East Park is located at 100 2nd St. S.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Demetria Mosley at (701) 451-5607

Fargo Dog Park Rules

• Owners are legally responsible for their dogs and any injuries caused by them.

• Dogs must wear a collar, carry ID tags, be properly licensed, inoculated and in healthy condition.

• Dogs must not be left unattended or out of sight.

• Children must be under strict supervision at all times.

• Owners must clean up after their dogs and repair any holes left by their pets.

• Owners must carry a leash at all times. Dogs should be leashed before entering and prior to leaving the park.

• Female dogs in heat are prohibited from entering the dog park.

• Dogs must be removed from the dog park at the first sign of aggression. Violators will be subject to removal from the park and suspension of park privileges.