There’s a new dog park downtown!

The Downtown Dog Park officially opened yesterday thanks to the generous donations of Cleveland residents. The 4,500 acre dog park is located at Settlers Park, an open area near the RTA station on the eastern bank of the Cuyahoga River.

The Downtown Cleveland Alliance started a campaign over the summer to raise funds for the dog park with a goal of raising $10,000, which the Alliance would match dollar-for-dollar. They met their goal last month, with the majority of donations coming from downtown residents. Surprisingly, donations also came from as far as New York City, Orlando and Raleigh, North Carolina. Probably because people are starting to catch on to what a great city Cleveland is for dog lovers!

According to the DCA, this is the three year temporary home for the park. There are plans in the work to develop a mixed-used park called Canal Basin Park, which, if the dog park is successful, would house the park permanently. Read more about that project here: http://canalwaypartners.com/towpath-trail/canal-basin-park/

Hunter and I weren’t able to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony, but I received some photos courtesy of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance. Looks like a fun dog park, Hunter and I will definitely be checking it out soon!

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All photos courtesy of the Downtown Cleveland Alliance.