After several delays, James Hunter Park opened Friday afternoon in the Clarendon area, according to Arlington County Parks and Recreation.
The dog park, at North Herndon and 13th streets, is in Lyon Village just minutes from the Clarendon Metro.
The Arlington County Board approved awarding a $1.46 million contract to Springfield-based Avon Corp. for renovations — plus $220,000 for contingencies — in May 2012.
Late last month, Parks and Recreation Director Jane Rudolph issued a statement that county officials shared in the community's frustration over delays.
Over the past few weeks, the remaining amenities have been installed and final inspections were approved, according to Parks and Recreation spokeswoman Roberta Korzen.
"Come out this weekend to check out the park’s top-notch amenities including a plaza area for picnicking, demonstration garden, solar panels providing power to the irrigation and water management system, open grassy area for informal play and a community canine area," she said in an email.
Some minor construction remains to be completed. A community celebration of the opening will be scheduled for the fall.
More than 8,000 people live within a 10-minute walk of the 0.71-acre park and nearly 15,000 more work in the area.
James Hunter Park, which is named for a late Arlington County Board member, is the eighth community dog area in Arlington.