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Construction started today on the four new park benches at the Thomas Stafford Dog Park in North Riverfront Park.

Alpena — The Thomas Stafford Dog Park opened on Friday afternoon. Now, the city of Alpena is closing the park for construction. Four new benches will be added for Dog owners to watch their dogs play. The park closed today. A formal dedication ceremony and  for Thomas Stafford will take place in the near future. With the ceremony, a grand opening celebration will take place. The city has not named a date or time for reopening of the park.