A new place to sniff around

Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation opened its first uptown dog park Tuesday. The 1.3-acre park – in Third Ward's Frazier Park near West Trade Street – features a separate play area for dogs under 20 pounds, with plans to add a jungle gym with ladders, ramps and tunnels. Visits to Mecklenburg dog parks, which are open from 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, are free, but owners are expected to keep their dogs' vaccinations up to date. For more information and details on other parks, go to www.charmeck.org.