A grand opening is set for Sunday at Lincoln's newest public dog run in Roper East Park.
The event, from 1-4 p.m., will include an inaugural walk with dogs, refreshments and other activities. Roper East Park is at Seventh and Adams streets, on the east side of Interstate 180. The new dog run replaces the Oak Creek dog run, which will close Monday.
The city is working to have dog runs up and running in each quadrant of the city. Rickman's Run has been in place on the east side of Holmes Lake for several years. New dog runs at Peterson Park (2200 Southwood Dr.) and Mahoney Park (84th and Adams streets) are expected to open later this year.
The Lincoln Parks Foundation and the Friends of Dog Parks are raising private funds to add features at the city's dog runs. Participants can purchase a personalized tile (4-by-4 or 4-by-8 inches) to be displayed on decorative fences at each of the four dog runs.
TMCO Inc. designed and created the decorative fences and tiles, and Bison contributed custom benches and trash receptacles for each site.
The fundraising campaign goal of $861,050 includes $240,000 from the city’s Capital Improvement Program. City-funded improvements include separate fenced areas for large and small dogs, gates, parking facilities, sidewalks, portable restrooms and trees. The campaign will fund additional features such as drinking fountains, rinsing stations, shelters and concrete pathways.
For more information, visit LincolnParks.org/dogruns or call the Lincoln Parks Foundation at 402-441-8258.