Smaller dogs to get their own playground at Southside Park

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Big changes coming to Southside Park in the southern part of the city.

The Astro Dog Park will be closed for a few weeks starting September 1 as park improvements continue in the area that is already cleared.

"The contractor is going to be removing some trees from the small area of the park to enable some sunlight to get into areas that are wooded now," said assistant county engineer Houston Matthews.

Based on feedback from the public, that wooded area isn't so popular with smaller dogs.

"They wanted some grassy areas, a lawn atmosphere as opposed to a wooded area," explained Commissioner Phil Riddick.

The improvements will install new pavilions, benches, and walkways, as well as a fence to separate the incoming lawn area from the wooded area that is popular with the larger breeds.

"Over the next month, month and a half, the county, the city, our contractors, and a lot of city departments will be working to clean up the fencing, put the sod down and finish the project," said Matthews.

The project costs less that $10,000 and is projected to be complete in less than two months dependent on weather; in the meantime, the rest of the park will be open.