New Dog Park

Concepts

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Based on community input, the Park Board approved a dog park site master plan including:

  • Large and small dog areas
  • Pathway within each area
  • Agility course and water play area
  • Shade and shelter and seating around park
  • Nature hill and tunnel amenity
  • Restroom and storage building
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“I'm excited for the dog park. I have two small dogs and hope that they can use a small dog enclosed play area."

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Elmhurst Dog Park

The Why

The Vision 2020 Needs Assessment revealed:

  • An off-leash dog park as one of the top three outdoor facility priorities
  • Elmhurst’s lack of a dog park is a deficiency compared to neighboring communities
  • The American Pet Products Association found that there was a "30 percent increase in dog ownership when comparing 2017-18 figures to 2011-12.”

Benefits and Opportunities

  • Expand park offerings and the level of services provided to the community
  • Provide a safe place for dogs to be off leash in a park and reduce the number of off leash dogs in parks
Elmhurst Dog Park
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“Just immense support for a much-needed dog park in Elmhurst. Thank you!!”

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Potential New Programs

  • Obedience Classes (Beginner - Advanced)

  • Adoption Days

  • Agility Classes

  • Halloween Costume Party

  • Dog Days and Fair (Adoption event with vendors, groomers, vets)

  • Doggie Date Night

  • Mobile Grooming

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Proposed Solution

To address the community's dog park deficiency, the District proposes building a new dog park at 0S761 Old York Road (acquired in 2017) for a construction cost of $1.72 million. Proposed new operating subsidy is $26,000 (operating subsidy will be offset with increased revenue from expanded programs at Wagner Community Center and Eldridge Park Recreation Building).

 

“[I’m] excited that the [dog park] may become a reality”