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St. Paul plans new off-leash dog park under High Bridge

St. Paul dogs should be off and running by Memorial Day in a a new off-leash dog park along the Mississippi River, right under the High Bridge.

The city and Xcel Energy announced an agreement Tuesday that would let the city operate a 7-acre, fenced dog park on the site of the old Xcel coal-powered plant, which was torn down in 2008.

Some final details are still to be worked out, but the agreement says Xcel will still own the land, but the city will operate and maintain the park. There’s not a lot of maintenance involved, said Brad Meyer of the city’s Parks and Rec Department: just picking up the trash and caring for the grass.

City Council Member Dave Thune and friend explore St. Paul's latest planned off-leash dog park, which will in his ward.
Photo courtesy of St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department
City Council Member Dave Thune and friend explore St. Paul’s latest planned off-leash dog park, which will in his ward.

Xcel will pay for the fence, he said.

The park will be accessible by foot from the trail that runs along the river; a parking lot will be available with access from Shepard Road at Randolph. The park is very near the new Upper Landing residential area.

It will be the city’s second off-leash dog park; the other is at Arlington and Arkwright on the East Side. There’s also a a very small dog-run in downtown’s Lowertown, and there’s a Ramsey County off-leash park bordering the city near Battle Creek.

Other off-leash parks are in the works for the city, too, if money becomes available: at Lilydale Regional Park, Lower Landing Park and an expansion of the Lowertown Dog Run.

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