Heavy equipment and workers have begun ground work at Ace of Hearts Park Rotary Park on H Ave. between 32nd and 41st streets.
Ace of Hearts Park, so named because Ace of Hearts creek runs through and under the property, will become a Little League ball field and the city’s new off-leash dog park. A wetland and pond system will also be in place.
Workers from Strandberg Construction and Construction Unlimited began ground work a few days ago. Both are donating their time, along with Welch Brothers Construction, to get the new park built.
Working with the construction companies are the Anacortes Rotary Club, Fidalgo Islanders for Dogs Off-Leash and the city.
Parks and Recreation Director Gary Robinson said the final grading and drainage system should be done after this weekend.
There should be a fence around the 1.5-acre dog park by this fall.
The park has taken a long time to get started and when it will be finished is still unclear. It was approved by the City Council three years ago. It is being built as money and donated equipment and workers are available.
Meantime, FIDO is raising funds through their ‘Fund Our Fence’ and ‘Buy a Brick’ fundraising campaign. Donate $200 to the dog park, and donors receive a personalized, permanent fence plaque, which will go on an 8'x10' section of the fence or donate $75 for an engraved brick to be installed in a walkway around the dog park.