Dogs were out and tails wagging, at the grand opening of the Larry R. Fabrizi Dog Park on East 26th and McClelland Wednesday morning.

"It took some time to put it together, but we wanted to make sure it was done right and that we had the right facility so that the dog owners would have a good place to take their dogs that they would utilize," said Erie Mayor, Joe Sinnott."And I think we accomplished that."

The park is three acres of grassy land, enclosed for man's best friend to roam free and play. It's the first of it's kind in the city of Erie. Local dog owners are equally as happy about the new park, as their pets. "We love meeting our new four legged friends, we enjoy it here for sure," said dog owner Jake Schablesky.

The park is split into two sections, one side is for small dogs 35 pounds and under, and the other side for larger breeds. "It's something that was sorely needed," said Doug Dunbar, who owns an Airedale Terrier. "Actually, Erie could use one more, a city the size of Erie. But this is really impressive. I really like all the amenities they put in for the people, as well as the dogs."

The park is named in honor of the late District Justice Larry R. Fabrizi. Fabrizi's sisters, Elaine, Nancy and Dee, described him as a dog lover, who treated his K-9's like family. "He used to go on Sunday's and get his dogs a Dee Morris spaghetti dinner, that was for them," said Nancy Abbey, Fabrizi's sister.

Fabrizi's son Robbie said, "He had them in his office as a district justice. "If you were in court, there was a dog sitting there. That's the kind of guy he was. So this is kind of a big deal to do something for the dogs and have his name on it. He would be very proud."

The dog park is open daily, from dawn, until dusk. All breeds are welcome.