Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood said the city government owns a little more than an acre of land on Juniper Street that it can allow the Canton Paw Park Association to use for the park.
He said the Canton City Council must still vote to approve the agreement for the site, which is near the Birch Street intersection north of Riverstone Parkway.
"I think it is a pretty good place," Hobgood said of the location. "There are a lot of people in that area, and it will get a lot of use from them."
Steve Nelson, president of the association, said the group has the money to purchase the fencing material required to open the park. The group is now searching for a professional fencing company willing to donate its services to construct the fence.
Nelson said the park should be open for dogs and dog owners within two months.
"One way or another, it will be open by the end of October," he said.
The land has Nelson and fellow association members "a great deal excited" about finally having a place to let dogs run free.
"More and more people need the service," Nelson said, adding the need has grown because of the county's population growth and more people living in apartments. "I think we are ready to perform a big service for the community."
Nelson said the association has been searching for a location for more than two years.
A site initially located behind the Canton Mill Loft Apartments on Highway 5 is in a flood plain and could not be fenced in, a necessity for the park.
A small piece of land in the new Canton park on the Etowah River was also allocated by the city for a dog park. The association declined the land, citing it was too marshy and without nearby parking.
The council recently offered the association a list of city-owned properties to visit and pick from it a location that would work as a dog park.