There's a new dog park open in North Kingstown and it has special meaning for residents.
The park is located on Allen Harbor Road, just across from the marina. It's dedicated in memory of 12-year-old Kayla Jean Ricci, who had a passion for animals.
Kayla died in 2002 from an aggressive strain of bacterial pneumonia.
A memorial foundation that bears her name provided funding for the new park with help from the Friends of the North Kingstown Animal Shelter.
The girl's parents say their daughter would have loved this park.
The park has separate fenced areas for small and large dogs, and three benches for human visitors.