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Oswego Dog Park Location Selected

Jul 29, 2014 04:10PM ● Published by Steven Jack

The Oswegoland Park District has selected unused land at Jaycee Park for the future home of a much-requested dog park.

Jaycee Park is located on the west side of Douglas Road between Saugutuck Road and Barnaby Drive.

Initial plans revealed to Park Board commissioners earlier this month call for a 1.3-acre small-dog area and a 2-acre large-dog area. The two fenced areas are split by the Waubonsee Creek, and a new foot bridge would need to be constructed. There is also ample room for dedicated parking, according to the plans.

As was reported in June, the Oswegoland Park & Recreation Foundation will lead the effort to fund the dog park without the use of taxpayer dollars. Next steps will be to determine the park's amenities and fundraisers to get the project off the ground. 

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"The Foundation is looking for community assistance through volunteer efforts, monetary donations, or in-kind donations to reach their goal of opening the District’s first dog park by 2016—or sooner if the fundraising goes well," says an article on the Park District website.

Those interested in getting involved in process can contact the Oswegoland Park & Recreation Foundation at 630-554-4440 or email foundation@oswegolandpd.org.

The latest push for a dog park began earlier this year at the Foundation’s annual meeting. It was at that meeting that members heard from Phil Simmons, the organizer of A similar dog park campaign in south suburban Frankfort. The Bark Park was opened in 2007 using only donations and volunteer efforts, and today it is considered one of the top dog parks in Illinois.

Chad Feldotto, senior park planner with the Oswegoland Park District, said the Foundation and Park District used the “pop-up” dog park at PrarieFest to gauge community interest. At any given time, anywhere from six to 20 dogs could be seen at the temporary one-acre park.

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