This is a brief update about issues at Coliseum Park after discussion with Janis Taylor of the Chicago Park District 9.8.09.
The issues raised here were:
- the need to fix the gap that currently allows small dogs to escape the dog run (note the brick in the picture!)
- the possibility of installing a double gated entry here to make the park secure.
Janis reports that CPD personnel have taken a look at the gate.
They are most likely going to close off the gate, because it opens onto the children’s playground (which is contrary to current ‘DFA’ policy).
This will leave the park with one double-gated entry at the north end.
The issue raised here was that these retain dirty water and allow bacteria and parasites to collect and possibly spread disease. This issue was initially reported to CPD over two years ago.
Janis reports that CPD personnel think that they “are not that low”.
When pressed, she agreed that CPD policy was not to allow pools of contaminated water at DFAs (as occurs around the drains and at other points in the dog run). Janis said that she would look into this again.
The issue raised here is that the water fountain is rusted and decaying, and that there is no doggie water fountain.
Janis suggests that maybe if they can find one lying around, maybe a concrete fountain, they might install it. We have heard that at other Chicago DFA’s ‘replacement’ of a water fountain consisted of installing another used fountain in place of the existing one. This will probably not make anyone happy.
The alternative is for the DogPAC and the user community to purchase a fountain. CPD will not cost share on this. CPD plumbers will have to install it. A weather resistant outdoor fountain costs on the order of $3000.