First of its kind place for man’s best friend in downtown Cleveland

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CLEVELAND– Dog owners in downtown Cleveland now have a new place to take their furry friends.

An outdoor dog park was just built in Settler’s Landing Park. It’s the first of its kind for the area.

"We have 12,500 residents that are in downtown Cleveland right now and 1,000 dogs that are registered, so we knew this was a red-hot amenity for our downtown residents,” said Gina Morris from Downtown Cleveland Alliance.

She said they decided to start an online campaign to raise money for the park and quickly met their $10,000 goal.

What’s interesting about that, is a large chunk of those donations came from residents living downtown.

"I actually work in the flats as well and so it's going to be a lot closer for me. It'll take me five minutes to get there,” said Jillian Stewart.

She normally brings her dog, Cashew, to Lakewood’s dog park.

She said she likes going there so her puppy can interact with other canines. Now, she can do that downtown too.

"It's going to be really awesome that there’ll be a space to go where you can have them off the leash and everything,” she said.

Morris said she’s glad to see so much support for the park, and hopes this is just the first of many to pop up around downtown.

"Our goal is is to get some developers and other partners in the city to bring another park to other parts of downtown in different neighborhoods to enjoy,” said Morris.

The park isn’t open just yet. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony for it on October 13 at 11 a.m.

Dogs and of course their owners are welcome to attend.

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