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Community members break ground on dog park

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More than four years of waiting and finally, today, a ground breaking for Richland's first ever off-leash dog park.

About 50 people came together to begin construction. Matt Ulrich and his late wife Audrey Ulrich dedicated a lot of time to the off-leash pilot program at Badger Mountain Community Park.

After Audrey passed away in an accident in September, Matt tells us he made it a goal to accomplish what she deeply cared about… a permanent off-leash dog park.

Today community members, even workers from the City of Richland, came out to start building a fence around 2.5 miles of the dog park.

City workers say after receiving the first $16,000 dollars earlier this week to get things underway, Richland residents can look forward to a more developed Badger Mountain area.

"I'm continuously amazed," Matt Ulrich said. "It's been six months since my wife died and people are still remembering there's something to be done. It's amazing."

 City of Richland workers and dog park volunteers say they'd like to see the fence up by this summer.