Good news for pet owners in Little Italy: the downtown neighborhood is getting a dog park.
The field connected to Washington Elementary School is already used by many dogs and their owners.
Now, the San Diego Unified School District and the Little Italy Association have new plans to split the field at Amici Park on Date Street in half and fence off the southern half to use as a permanent dog park.
That way the four-legged furries can still use the field during school hours and the school avoids the health and safety issue of having dogs and children so close.
“It’s fantastic,” said Little Italy resident Marc Crawford. “It’s a huge amenity for Little Italy and for all of downtown to have an accessible dog park … It’s great for me. It’s close and it’s a great opportunity to meet new people and meet new dogs.”
A nearby historic home will be converted into a public restroom for the park and the Little Italy Association will maintain and run it.
Officials plan to have the new dog park open before 2020.
The park will help accommodate the estimated 2,000 dogs in the Little Italy neighborhood.