If you're a dog owner you know they need lots of exercise. That may mean running, walking, playing, with your dog. You know the old saying, a tired dog is a happy dog.

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But, okay, now I'm tired just thinking about all of that. So, if you haven't been doing this already, how about taking your dog to a Dog Park? Now you're talking about a good workout!

Fox17 reported that Grand Rapids has reopened the newly renovated Hillcrest Dog Park, seen above before work began, after the city finished an expansion project that includes new facilities.

This expansion, costing $350,000, was approved by voters and funded by the city's parks millage, according to the city of Grand Rapids, and the improvements are totally worth what was a long wait.

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Fox17/City of Grand Rapids

Now you'll find:

  • Expanded entryway and off-leash area.
  • Wooded nature trail.
  • New benches.
  • Dog-accessible drinking fountain.
  • Accessible trails.
  • Rain garden.
  • Bike loops.
  • Improvements to landscaping.

The city knew that with all the dog owners in the city and surrounding area, they needed to "up their game" with Hillcrest Dog Park. They realized that it needed to be safe for both dogs and owners, and have multipurpose areas so everyone, canine and human, can relax, play and connect.

Of course, there is another good dog park in Grand Rapids, the Covell Dog Park at 526 Covell Avenue, NW on the West side, by Union High School.

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As with any Dog Park, there are certain rules and regulations that you are asked to follow, so HERE IS THE LINK  to find that information.

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