At long last, new dog park opening in Southwest

An off-leash dog area at Lyndale Farmstead Park will open on Friday so that eager dog owners can get a preview of the new amenity.

An off-leash dog area at Lyndale Farmstead Park will open on Friday so that eager dog owners can get a preview of the new amenity.

Even if only temporary, the opening of the dog park is the culmination of years of debate and discussion. It will close again this spring so work can be completed.

Most of the fencing has been installed and the grading is largely complete. The Park Board still needs to spread granite material for a base, build a concrete entrance, add landscape plantings and finish the filtration system.

A grand opening is scheduled for later in the spring.

“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 Park Board wrote in a press release.

Users will still need to buy a dog park permit if they want to use the new area.

A dog park in Southwest Minneapolis has been years in the making. A plan to build it at Martin Luther King Jr. Park was nixed. Then the Park Board decided to build it at Lyndale Farmstead, despite expensive construction costs that topped $215,000.