Dog lovers of Niagara Falls rejoice — the DeVeaux Woods State Park dog park is just about complete.
Niagara Falls Community Development Director Seth Piccirillo said on Monday that the park is close to being completed and will open to the public in the near future.
"We're probably a couple of weeks away," he said. "The fences are up and we're just waiting on some grass to grow in. It's about 90 percent complete."
The project is several years in the making, according to Piccirillo. He said the "citizen-led project" was completed with the help of a $200,000 federal grant and assistance from New York state, which was cooperative in allowing the dog park to be constructed at DeVeaux Woods State Park.
Piccirillo said that the idea of building a dog park first started circulating about five years ago and that it is the result of a great deal of conversation between city officials, citizens and representatives of other agencies. He said the public was given opportunities to provide input during the planning process.
"I think it's important to listen to our residents and try to do park improvements that people are looking for as opposed to having the city making decisions by itself," Piccirillo said. He added that he's seen nearby communities like Lewiston and Tonawanda build dog parks that have been well-received by the public.
In addition to the dog park, DeVeaux Woods State Park will also soon be the site of new comfort station, which will be constructed from the bricks of the old DeVeaux Woods Brick Barn, which was demolished last year after being damaged in the windstorm.
He said the park is also used for Little League games and that the idea was to put the dog park somewhere that would compliment other amenities.