DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A group of dog owners is raising money for a free-run, off-leash dog park in Detroit in an overgrown, underused park.

The group, called Detroit Dog Park, wants to revamp Macomb Park in the city’s Corktown neighborhood.

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The city-owned, 3/4-acre parcel is adjacent to Roosevelt Park in the shadow of the old Michigan Central Depot. The group hopes to open a dog park there next summer if the city gives the OK.

Carly Mys, one of the group’s organizers, said they have been working on the idea for more than a year.

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“People gather, people bond and socialize their dog,” Mys told the Detroit Free Press. “It’s an exercise in community. It builds a community not only with socialization of dogs, but people in the community as well.”

Detroit Dog Park expects to spend $32,000 to $35,000 on the effort, including getting water to the site and other improvements. Plans include picnic tables, benches, water bowls and dog-friendly pathways.

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