More than 200 dogs and at least twice as many of their two-legged friends attended this year’s Horner Park Doggie Egg Hunt, the best turnout to date, according to Horner Park Supervisor Tom McManamon. On Saturday, April 7, owners brought their dogs to have photos taken with the Easter Bunny; others came for the Doggie Spring Bonnet Parade, where pups displayed bonnets of flower bouquets, British-style fascinators and rabbit ears. Still others attended to participate in the egg hunt, where plastic eggs filled with dog treats were sprinkled over the hillside for pooches to find and devour.
Pet-centric retailers and organizations handed out coupons for services and information on programs such as “Sit, Stay, Read,” which sends volunteers and dogs into CPS classrooms to help improve students’ literacy skills. The Horner Park Advisory Council, a sponsor of the Doggie Egg Hunt, passed out surveys on the topic of creating a Horner Park Dog Friendly Area. President of the council, Peter Schlossman, said feedback indicates the public is generally receptive to the idea of fencing off a two-acre section of the park for dogs. Planning is still in its infancy, so Schlossman encourages anyone with input to contact Horner Park and take the survey.
Over in Northcenter’s Town Square, nearly 1,000 children and their families took advantage of the cooperative spring weather to participate in the Northcenter Chamber of Commerce’s 25th Annual Eggstravaganza. Thirty-three chamber businesses served as sponsors of the event and egg hunt stops along the Town Square and Lincoln Avenue.
“We love seeing so many of our neighborhood families out in Northcenter having a great time and visiting our businesses,” said Garrett FitzGerald, NCC executive director.