MOORHEAD — With dogs frolicking in two fenced-in areas, the River Oaks Dog Park on the south side of Moorhead had its grand opening Monday, Sept. 14.
Public Works Director Steve Moore said the city had set aside $25,000 for the project last year and he was able to find another $15,000 in the parks maintenance fund to finish the beginning stages of the facility on the far west end of the park.
However, donations are being sought to add more amenities — especially for agility equipment, trees, more benches, fake fire hydrants, tunnel houses, climbing equipment, signage and hopefully water. Those amenities would be installed on the east end of the park as complaints from neighbors prompted the city to move the park farther away from homes, according to Parks Director Holly Heitkamp.
The new park has a large dog area and a small dog area with minimal equipment and seating so far.
Heitkamp said equipment would be moved out if flooding becomes a concern.
"It's still a great location," she said, adding that people have already been using the facility on a regular basis.
The city's only other dog park is at Centennial Park on the north side of the city.
Moorhead Mayor Johnathan Judd said the park is part of the city's goal of "keeping people together" as it can be a social gathering spot, too. He said they hope to make it more of a regional attraction if more amenities can be added.