33rd Ward Council to Discuss Horner Park Dog Area Plans

By Sam Charles | Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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The 33rd Ward Advisory Council is scheduled to host a meeting tomorrow night to discuss plans for a dog-friendly area on the south end of Horner Park, 2741 W. Montrose Ave. The meeting will be held at the park’s field house at the southeast corner of Montrose and California avenues at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18.

Representatives on the council include every block club, community group and community based organization within the 33rd Ward who meet to get updates on legislation affecting the ward and what the Alderman and his staff have been doing (and are planning to do) for the improvement of the 33rd Ward, according to Ald. Richard Mell’s website

In an email sent to 33rd Ward residents yesterday evening, Mell requested that anyone who plans to attend the meeting RSVP in an email to Jamie@33rdWard.org.

According to a flyer posted on Mell’s website, the area would include 1.89 fenced acres at the south end of Horner Park to run along Irving Park Road from the river to California inside current walking paths, extending to the north, just short of the walking path. The dog area would include an artificial grass surface and a pooch water fountain. Leached dogs would still be allowed in the rest of the park.

The idea for a dog-friendly area emerged last spring. Soon after initial suggestions, the Horner Park Advisory Council surveyed area residents to get an idea of how much support the plan would have.

The Chicago Park District currently has 18 dog-friendly areas in Chicago, with most of them in denser neighborhoods. The closest dog-friendly areas to Center Square are at Montrose Beach and Foster Beach.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.thompson.165 Paul Thompson

    Just for clarification Montrose is the north end of Horner park. Sounds good the area needs a dog park.

  • http://www.facebook.com/karen.meagher11 Karen Meagher

    There is the dog park in River Park, next to the pool, that is located near by.

  • http://spudart.org/ spudart

    With the number of people that let their dogs go leash-free in Winnemac Park, you’d think the entire park of Winnemac was a dog park.

  • Steve D

    What a terrible idea. Horner Park is 55 acres. For decades now dog owners have used the center part of the meadow to play with their dogs off leash without incident. Take a walk around the park some day and inspect the inside of the trash cans. They are all filled primarily with bagged dog droppings. The garbage from the people who eat at the unlicensed food stand on California near the parking lot or the people that cook, drink alcohol and pick-nick can be found on the ground throughout the park every summer weekend. What is being solved and who is being served by creating an astroturfed dog pen in Horner Park that will destroy the natural beauty of the South end of the park? If locals feel the need to walk their dogs inside a fenced astroturfed dog pen they can get in their cars and drive to one of 18 dog parks throughout the city

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