If We Build It, They Will Run! (and they ARE!)
As of November 2018, we have completed Phase I of the dog park. Phase I included erecting a perimeter fence with a double-gated entry encompassing approximately 30,000 square feet of land in the Southwest corner of Horner Park near the intersection of Irving Park and California. We are happy to report that the park is open and already well used with great enthusiasm. However, to meet Park District requirements and fulfill the vision for our dream dog park, we need additional funding.
Phase II (expected completion Spring 2021):
- A small dog area will be created within the confines of the existing footprint of the dog park.
- Pavers will be laid in the entryway and a dog-friendly water fountain will be installed there as well.
- Benches will be added for resting and chatting with fellow park users.
- A water feature will be constructed for the dogs to cool off and play.
Phase III (full funding still needed):
- Canine turf play fields will be installed in both the small and large dog areas. The lead-free artificial turf designed for dogs that will be used does not have a black rubber pellet infill.
- The trees within the dog park will remain, and mulch will be laid around them. Additional landscaping will be added to enhance the park’s aesthetics, including sturdy ornamental plantings, decorative rocks and stone borders.
- Agility installations will be constructed for romping and extra fun!
**Please note that the Park District does not allow natural grass surfaces in any dog park. However, they have generously allowed us to use the dog park while we raise the funds to provide alternative surfacing. Leaving the park as is, is not an option per Park District policy, therefore rendering the grass surface temporary.**
Help us make Phase III a reality, so that we have a beautiful and functional safe space for our dogs!
The Horner Park Dog Friendly Area Committee will continue to report at monthly HPAC meetings. Please email email@example.com if you would like to serve on the committee or want to stay informed of volunteer opportunities. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram.
For your reference, see also the Chicago Park District’s Guidelines for Developing Dog Friendly Areas
This initiative is sponsored by the Horner Park Advisory Council Dog Friendly Area Committee, former Alderman Deb Mell and former Alderman Ameya Pawar.
A special thanks to Christy Webber Landscapes for donating their services to help us develop this design concept.