Rochester, MN (KROC News) - The Rochester Parks Department has announced the opening of the city’s new dog park.

It has been named River Road Park and also includes community garden plots to replace those lost to the 55th Street project.  

The site is located west of West River Road and north of 62nd St, near Essex Park. It is replacing the dog park located along West Circle Drive near the Northern Hills golf course.

The department is planning to finish the park next year, including paving the parking lot and installing water. When the work is completed, the site will contain three separate fenced areas for dogs to run. It will operate under the same hours as other parks, sunrise to sunset.