A new sprawling dog park is open at Houska Park on Isle la Plume. The fenced and grassy 5-acre park is open to the public 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily, said La Crosse Parks and Recreation Superintendent Gar Amunson. 

“These are a lot of pooch owners,” he said. “They need a place to run and have fun.”

A new city-owned dog park has been in the works for four years. 

The other dog park, in Myrick Park, is a third of an acre.

City officials still need to add picnic tables and trash cans, and pet owners are encouraged to bring waste bags until next week.

The new park has adequate parking, trees and bathrooms.

An area for shy or smaller dogs will be built in the park in the future, Amunson said.

The city absorbs the cost for the park’s maintenance, but donations to support it can be sent to the Parks and Recreation Department, which is located at 400 La Crosse St. Comments or suggestions about the park can be made by calling (608) 789-7308.

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