It features a new dog-only drinking fountain, lots of space to run, a central area for dog owners to gather, lighting and will be open during typical park hours of sunrise to sunset.

Chuck & Don’s Dog Park is (17,210) square feet (nearly 60 percent larger than previous) and is handicap accessible.” Yelp reviewers say: “Small, but perfect for our dog to run off some steam.

Paul, as Gretchen Marshall holds on to ball Launcher she’d been using with her dog, not pictured.

“We meet down here every day at after work,” Marshall said.

Although, one member notes: “One thing that construction has affected is that the small dog park is closed.

That’s a consideration for some dog owners when they are thinking of going there during construction …

Usually are some others there, usually also some toys and tennis balls.

If you are lucky, you can even catch a game while you’re watching your dog!This off-leash park has woods, (steep) trails, beach, river — once you leave, your dog is usually tired, wet and happy — and you feel like you really did escape the city.The site often makes “best of” lists — including, recently, “WCCO Viewers’ Choice for Best Dog Park in Minnesota.” City Pages has called the doggie destination the “crown jewel” of Minneapolis’ off-leash dog parks.After all, why should only humans get to experience the joy of a perfect fall day — the crispness in the air, the crackle of the leaves, the warmth of that fading sun?Here, we give you a few options to choose from among local dog parks.The north end of the park is primarily occupied by very social dogs and the south end lends itself to a more wooded area where dogs love to run and explore.