Former Detroit animal control building to be demolished for Riverside Park expansion

New dog park coming to site

Riverside Park
Riverside Park

DETROIT – Demolition of the former Animal Care and Control Center will begin Monday to make room for an expansion of Riverside Park.

The park is undergoing renovations to make it a marquee waterfront amenity for residents of southwest Detroit.

Part of the 3-acre animal control site will become a new dog park. Construction on the dog park is slated to begin later this year.

Last fall, the Detroit International Bridge Co. demolished a vacant warehouse and deeded the 4.8-acre parcel to the city for an expansion of Riverside Park.

A new softball diamond was built in the fall, and work planned for this year includes a new soccer field, playground, basketball court, skate park, picnic shelter, amphitheater and sledding hill.

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