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Going to the dogs: Covell Dog Park open and welcoming pets
Going to the dogs: Covell Dog Park open and welcoming pets

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—   Dogs now have a new place to roam in Grand Rapids.

The new entry gates are up and the cement entryway is down at Covell Dog Park.  Project co-leader Jessica Kooistra says volunteers have also brought picnic benches, dog waste pickup bags and trash cans into the two acre space, which is already being used by dog owners and their pets.

Covell Dog Park is located at the corner of Bridge and Covell, behind Union High School.  Kooistra says the space was once occupied by tennis courts.  The city eventually ripped out the cement and planted grass, but left the high fences, making it a perfect spot for a dog park.

Kooistra, who works for Kent County Animal Control, says she came up with the idea for a dog park after noticing dogs constantly running loose in city parks.  She says the dog park adds purpose to green space the city had already been tasked with maintaining.  Ryan TerBush had the same idea, so now the two are working together to complete the dog park.

Kooistra still wants to see a second fenced area installed for small dogs, as well as a shelter.  She hopes to finish up work in spring 2014, with the help of financial donations and volunteers.  Kooistra estimates another $3,000 is needed to finish the project.  If you would like to help, visit the Covell Dog Park fundraiser page here