Construction will soon begin on New Bedford's first-ever dog park.

The City Council this week accepted a $225,000 grant from the Stanton Foundation for construction of the park, which will be situated on Hathaway Boulevard between Greenwood and Ruggles Streets.

DPI Commissioner Zeb Arruda tells WBSM News building the recreation area will be a walk in the park. "There's a lot of open space for the dogs to play in. There's a lot of stone materials to bring in for them, a few structures to put in place. Some electrical work. Certainly nothing that we haven't done in the past," explained Arruda.

Arruda says if we see a mild winter, construction could begin in the early spring, wrapping up in the fall.

The City is providing a 10% match to the grant to help fund the park, which will be named after the late WBSM news anchor and animal lover, Captain Jack Peterson.

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