Mayor Sheila Dixon plans to announce today that the city is spending $150,000 to design and build a dog park in Latrobe Park, a grassy field wedged between Fort Avenue and Interstate 95 in Locust Point.
The site for the new park is already a destination for dog owners from nearby neighborhoods, many of whom have been clamoring for a fenced-in area to exercise their pets.
"You have a lot of young professional people moving in who don't have children," said City Councilman Edward L. Reisinger, who represents the area. "They pay a lot of taxes. They want a place to take their dogs. I support it 100 percent."
Reisinger said he's been meeting with residents who wanted a park since 2003, and he credited the mayor for clearing bureaucratic hurdles to make it possible. "I have to give kudos to the mayor," he said. "It was this administration that opened the door."
The plans are for the park to be a 7,000-square-foot enclosed space where dog owners can let their pets run unfettered. Construction is set to begin in April, with a target completion date of August, according to the mayor's office.