Good news: Phase II drawings are officially out for bid! The Chicago Park District will review the bids when they are returned in two weeks and hopefully have a contractor selected by early October with construction ready to start soon after.
Bad news: When construction starts the dog park will be closed for a period of time, so please keep checking our Facebook, Instagram or Website for updates.
Good news: This means that we may be getting a paved entryway, water fountain, water play area, small dog area, turf play fields, benches and other improvements to make your dog park experience even more enjoyable in every kind of weather.
Bad news: We don’t yet have the money to pay for all of this. We are about $40,000 short of estimated costs, and we only have another few weeks to raise it or risk having the project reduced or postponed.
Good news: We still have time. Help us get the funds we need to get everything built this year! Venmo, Paypal, Mail a Check and other options for donating can be found here https://hornerparkdogpark.org/donate/ If everyone who uses the dog park gave a one-time donation of just $20, we would reach our goal. Please share this information with people you meet at the dog park–many people still don’t know–and encourage them to donate as well so we can build our new dog park, together, today.
UPDATE: the tree is being removed this morning and should be open by noon on Aug 21.
Although we were told that the tree removal team was not going to get to us until next week, they actually came this morning. Apologies to those who were asked to leave. On the upside, this means that the park will not have to be closed next Tuesday or Wednesday. The downed tree on the East side was removed and they also trimmed other tree branches inside the dog park. Orange snow fencing indicates where the fence panels are damaged. Please stay clear of these areas until we can get new metal fencing installed. Thank you.
The dog park sustained damage in last week’s storms and will be closed for tree removal and repair. The tree that damaged the north fence has been removed and we are working to set up a temporary barrier to prevent injury or easy escape until new fence posts and panels can be ordered and installed. We intend to make similar accommodations on the east side, but cannot begin until the tree that is currently resting on that fence is removed.
The tree removal folks were supposed to come Tuesday Aug 18, but may have been called away to attend another job. We do not know when they will be back and so we cannot say when the dog park will be reopened. What we do know is that we don’t want the tree folks to come and go leaving the east fence wide open and then have someone visit the dog park after they leave but before we can secure the gap, and let their dog off leash only to see them run out the opposite side. As such, we ask for your help in following these guidelines, as it directly impacts how quickly we can get the fence repaired.
We will keep you posted as to any further updates, and let you know as soon as it can be opened again. Thank you for your patience and understanding and adherence to the closure.
Always wanted to see your name in print? Love your friendly neighborhood dog park and can’t wait for it to have water fountains, a paved entry, small dog area and more?
We know that the timing isn’t good. In fact, it’s terrible! But here’s the thing: We have to make a final push to get the last $50,000 we need to complete Phase II now as the drawings are going out to bid. If we can’t raise the money by the time the contract is assigned, we will have to make half of the renovations now and the rest at a later date. This will be more expensive and more disruptive at the end of the day, so let’s get this done!
Our design has two benches in the small dog area and three in the large dog area. Each has a customizable plaque. So take this opportunity to commemorate a special occasion or to remember a special person or a special dog. Plus, you’ll be invited to an exclusive ceremony to dedicate your bench. Plaques can have up to 48 characters across four lines, so there’s room to go in on it with a friend too.
There are four ways to participate in this historic fundraising AUCTION
1. Sponsor a memorial bench outright: Two available for instant purchase 2. Bid on an honoree bench: Two available for bid 3. Purchase a share in our awesome community bench (only 60 spots! Grab yours now!!) 4. Click here and contribute what you can by using the green “donate” button on the upper right hand corner of the page
Thank you in advance for whatever you can do. Be safe and be well.