What does it take to build a dog park? A fence and ground cover amenable to a pooper-scooper? Mayor Sheila Dixon's plan to spend $150,000 to design and build a dog park in Locust Point sounds positively extravagant, especially if the city has to absorb serious cuts in state funding. Have the dog owners in this South Baltimore neighborhood considered holding a fundraiser to help finance the changes to Latrobe Park to accommodate their pets' needs to run off-leash? They definitely should before the city puts up public dollars to finance this puppy park. At a time when after-school programs for children have been scaled back because of funding cuts, dog owners should settle for briskly walking their dogs in Latrobe Park.