Off-leash recreational area improvements

No need to wipe off your dog’s paws. Visits to Bloomington’s Off-Leash Recreational Area just got a little neater. In June, the gravel parking lot at west 110th Street and Nesbitt Avenue was paved. While the new pavement makes for a tidier departure from the off-leash recreational area, the main reason for the new pavement was to adhere to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. Traffic from the former gravel lot was tracking mud onto side streets and potentially contaminating water runoff. In addition to the pavement, a storm water infiltration basin was added to filter runoff and improve water quality. Driven by EPA feedback, the project was in the planning stages for more than five years. For more information, visit or call Park Maintenance at 952-563-8760.