ADRIAN — It's been a long time coming but dog owners will finally have a place to take their companions this summer.

The Adrian City Commission approved a $15,000 bid for chain link fencing at its May 18 meeting, giving the city the go ahead for the project.

The dog park is expected to be built and finished later this summer. The project will cost somewhere in the $25,000 to $35,000 range, according to Matt Tomaszewski, director of parks and engineering services.

The project will be afforded through the city's oil and gas revenue. It is not a general fund expenditure.

The dog park will be built near the skate park at Island Park. This was the favorable spot after a discussion by commissioners in August 2019. The area is about 2.6 areas and is not flood prone.

The dog park will be 150 feet by 100 feet with a separation for large and small dogs. There will be drinking fountains for dogs and owners. This will require a water line to be ran to the site.

The commission discussed the project in early May. There were hesitations from some commissioners about moving forward with the project during the coronavirus pandemic.

Commissioner Brad Watson said it seemed like "bad timing" during last month's discussion and wondered if people would understand the park would be paid for through the oil fund.

Commissioners Allen Heldt and Lad Strayer were comfortable moving forward given where the funding was coming from.

Optic concerns were based on the pandemic and that Adrian, like many other municipalities, are expecting budget cuts. With businesses shutdown for the last few months and people staying home, sales and gas tax revenues, which are distributed to municipalities, are expected to be less.

There was agreement that financing would have to be effectively communicated. There was consideration of even posting a sign at the park.

Concerns about people congregating and social distancing were also discussed.

The city sought bids for fencing prior to the coronavirus pandemic. The bids were set to expire, which resulted in the May 18 vote.

Tomaszewski said construction is expected to begin in the next few weeks. The city is hopeful it is completed by the end of July.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to give the correct dimensions for the park. Incorrect information was provided to The Daily Telegram for the initial report.