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Looking for a place to throw a ball for your dog and let them interact with other dogs? Conceived by a group of community volunteers in 2011, the Independence Dog Park is fast becoming "the" place to go for dog people in Independence. Totaling just over two acres, The park has separated areas for small dogs and big dogs, a pet waste station, shady trees, and a water station for dogs and their owners. The Willamette River is also right next door if your dog likes to go for a swim.
The Independence Dog Park is located on Grand Street just east of Highway 51, about 1/4 mile north of downtown. You can also reach the park via the Willamette River Trail which starts in Riverview Park downtown and runs north all the way to the North Riverfront Ballfield Complex and boat ramp.
Volunteers were critical to the development of this new community resource, and work is ongoing. The dog park group is actively raising funds to completely fence the perimeter of the park and install benches and tables. For more information on how this park was created and how you can get involved, go to the dog park construction page, or check out the group's facebook page