At the time of this writing, Saturday April 4, 2020 5:15 pm, the dog park is open. The Dog Park is on Chicago Park District property and it is therefore their call on whether to keep it open or close it during this time. We know they are monitoring the area and we will await their guidance. We will share, on this page and through our social media outlets, any new information that becomes available. Thank you for your continued support.
A big doggo thank you to Alderman Rossana Rodriguez and Alderman Matt Martin for their support of the dog park. With their help, we were able to send the final construction plans to the Chicago Park District. The estimated cost of completion of the dog park is $250,000 which includes: a water fountain, paved entryway, small dog area, water feature for cooling, turf play fields, benches, and landscaping among other improvements.
We have already raised $185,000 and are hoping to add $25,000 through the Participatory Budgeting process–so again, please vote! http://tinyurl.com/vote4dogs In addition, we plan on raising $30,000 more from offering honoree benches–stay tuned for exciting details!! and the remainder of the funding will come from generous donations from people like you. Please help make 2020 the year the dog park gets done. Here’s to no more mud!
Participatory budgeting is underway in the 33rd Ward. Here’s your opportunity to help provide $25K to help complete the dog park. What does this mean for you?
- A dog park with proper turf and water facilities, so that it can be used in any type of weather conditions (read: No More Mud!)
- A small dog area for the lil’ guys, so they don’t feel overwhelmed by dogs twice their size
- Less pleading on our part to ask for more money from people who have already donated
- Higher property values for all residents, whether you own a dog or not. Check it here: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/suntrust-survey-mortgages-are-going-to-the-dogs-300493476.html
If you live in the ward and are 14+ years, you can get a ballot by clicking here: https//:tinyurl.com/vote4dogs. It takes 1 minute out of your day, please help💚💙🐾 You may also vote in person at the 33rd Ward Office: 3001 W. Irving Park Rd. Office: 773-840-7880 for hours and deets.
So, How close are we to being fully funded? We are within striking distance, and the $25K from the Participatory Budgeting vote will get us that much closer. In round numbers, here’s what we’re looking at:
- Estimated Cost of Completion: $250K
- Funds Committed: $185K
- Amount Needed to put Project out to Bid: $65K (if we get the $25K from the Participatory Budget Process, this goes down to $40K)
Please Note: We will not have final costs until the project is put out to bid. The project can not be put out to bid until we have raised the estimated amount of the project. As such, costs are always subject to change. However, we wanted to ensure that we are being as transparent as possible, so that you, our neighbors, friends and supporters can see how much has been accomplished and how close we are to goal. Let’s get this park finished in 2020!!
Time to dress up your pup for prizes and bragging rights! It’s our 3rd annual Howl-O-Ween Parade and costume contest fundraiser at Stay – A Dog Hotel! Join the fun Saturday October 26 from 10am-Noon. We’ll have a costume parade and contest, goodie bags, photo booth, doggo merchandise and more! All proceeds to benefit Horner Park Dog Park and Alice’s Fund. $20 / family. See you there!!!