Off-leash dog park at Bozeman Pond

Run Dog Run, a Bozeman nonprofit, has constructed a 2.5 acre off-leash dog park near the Bozeman Pond.

Tucked behind a condominium neighborhood in Bozeman, behind a row of cottonwood trees, a community nonprofit funded by dog lovers has opened a fenced, 2-acre dog park off South Fowler Avenue near Bozeman Pond.

“It’s a great spot. We were really racing the clock to complete the perimeter fence,” said Terry Cunningham, executive director of Run Dog Run. “We were five days away from losing the (weather) window there.”

The park is open, but not complete. A shade pavilion and small dog/puppy area still need to be installed. “We have big plans for the park, and we are fully funded,” Cunningham said.

The dog park is part of the planned expansion of Bozeman Pond Park. The land is owned by the city of Bozeman. The city bought it and the adjacent 7 acres from the Gallatin Valley Land Trust for $600,000 using money from the trails, open space and parks bond. Another 3 acres are to become HAVEN’s new campus to help victims of domestic violence.

The master plan has already been approved, but Monday night the Bozeman City Commission will vote on the final details. If approved, the trails, picnic areas and restrooms will be built next year. Plus about two dozen parking spaces will be added to the park at the intersection of Ravalli Street and Fowler Avenue.

GVLT Associate Director Kelly Pohl said many of the homes in the fast-growing west side don’t have backyards so partnering with Run Dog Run made sense for both organizations.

“We knew that land was going to be prime for development,” Pohl said, explaining why GVLT bought it in 2012.

Next year, the land trust will be linking the expanded area to the existing Bozeman Pond Park with new trails.

Troy Carter can be reached at 582-2630 or tcarter@dailychronicle.com. He’s on Twitter at @cartertroy.

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