ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, MI — A riverside dog park is coming later this summer to Kent County.

Last week, officials broke ground on an expansion of Algoma Township’s River’s Edge Park, located at 10191 Edgerton Ave. along the Rogue River and about 2 miles northwest of Rockford.

The expansion, slated to be completed by the end of summer, includes a dog park, a parking lot, playground equipment, an upgraded restroom facility and nearly a mile of new trails.

“We’ve done a couple surveys over the last few years asking what our residents want and definitely dog parks are on the top five things they’ve wanted for amenities,” said Algoma Township Supervisor Kevin Green. “We just didn’t have the place to do that and this is really exciting that we finally do.”

The nearest dog park to Algoma Township is the Rockford Dog Park, which is south of 10 Mile Road NE and off of Longview Drive in Rockford.

The increased amount of park space, as well as the upcoming amenities including the township’s first dog park, are thanks to the Wynalda family.

The family donated nearly 13 acres of property to increase the park size to more than 30 acres and about $600,000 to fund the new amenities, Green said. The township is paying some of the minor fees associated with the development.

“It’s really generous,” he said. “They’re doing it in memory of their parents that recently passed away.”

The township is naming the dog park after the late benefactors. It will be called the Bob and Pat Wynalda Memorial Dog Park.

Algoma Playground

A rendering of the playground coming to Algoma Township’s River’s Edge Park. (Provided by Algoma Township)

The park currently features minimal parking, a few overlooks on the river and picnic spots and about 735 feet of trail. Green said the township is aiming to have the improvements done by end of summer.

Green said the dog park will likely feature more of an open arrangement at first for dogs of all sizes to intermingle, but that could change.

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