St. Paul opens two off-leash dog parks

Two off-leash dog parks open this week in St. Paul.

The Lowertown dog park, closed during building of the Saints’ ballpark, will reopen Saturday.

And a new Meeker Island dog park, on the Mississippi River near the Minneapolis border, opened Monday.

Mayor Chris Coleman said:

“Residents of St. Paul have long been voicing their desire for additional off-leash dog parks throughout the city, and this week we’re opening up two more. Dog parks serve as a positive place for both canines and neighbors to meet and socialize.”

The city now has four of the parks, which are the only places in the city that dogs are allowed to roam off-leash:

  • Arlington/Arkwright Off-Leash Dog Area: On the corner of Arlington Avenue and Arkwright Street, the 4.5 acre plot is in a residential neighborhood and has wooded trails, open space, and a large bowl-shaped slope.
  • High Bridge Dog Park: Seven acres on the site of a former power plant fueled by coal, just west of Upper Landing Park.
  • Meeker Island Dog Park: Adjacent to Meeker Island Historic Lock and Dam site, the northernmost lock and dam on the Mississippi, the site is just west of the intersection of Eustice Street and N. Mississippi River Blvd., near the border of St. Paul and Minneapolis. It’s at the bottom of the bluff with an entrance along long the Mississippi River Blvd. trail. There is no fence surrounding the park, which is bordered by the Mississippi River and the steep river bluffs.
  • Lowertown Dog Park: Near CHS Field, the Saints’ ballpark, this small dog walk area is completely fenced in. The park was temporarily relocated during the construction of the field and reopens Saturday.

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