A new place for your pooch to play

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Lincoln dogs have a new place to run and owners have a new place to let them off the leash. One of the three dog run's being added to the city is ow open over at Roper Park.

It's a major step in what's been a long process to make Lincoln more dog-friendly.

The nearly six acres of space got some use today with big and small dogs. The city said there are still more improvements to come.

The dog run at Roper Park is just the first of its kind, an updated place for your pooch to play.

"We recognize Lincoln is a growing community and there seems to be a growing interest in dogs and outdoor dog recreation facilities," at Lynn Johnson director of Lincoln Parks and Recreation.

Two more are planned to open by the end of the year. One at Peterson Park, another at Mahoney Park, and there will be some additions to the Holmes Lake dog run.

There are separate fields one for small dogs and one for large dogs. The parks foundation said runs are a safe playing environment and different than dog parks.

"To have a space for people to be able to bring their dogs and socialize I think will be a great addition to the city," said Diane Temme the dog parks campaign organizer.

The project costs more than $800,000. The city has given $240,000, and the rest is being raised through private campaigns and donors.

"Since June, the campaign has raised just over $700,000 or 81% of it's goal," said Temme.

To close the gap, they started a tile campaign.

"It's an opportunity for people to honor their favorite dogs memorialize their dogs or dedicate a tile to their favorite dog lover or family member," said Temme.

The tiles come in two sizes and start at $150. You can buy them from the Lincoln Parks and Recreation website, search "dog runs".

"If you were thinking about donating to the campaign this is a really great way to do it," said Temme.

Custom fences will hold the tiles at all four dog runs as a memorial.

There will be a grand opening this Sunday November 6th at Roper Park. Anyone is welcome to come. They will serve food and refreshments. And there will be an inaugural walk to kick it off.