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Jan 112019
 

It looks like the latest version of WordPress 5.0.3 has destroyed our individual Chicago dog parks pages (which were using the Multiple Content Blocks plugin).  Crap.

We’ll try working on reconstructing them, but so far… oof. This is tough news.

Update: reverting to v4.9.9 has saved us, so far.

Update: looks like there’s a workaround – will deal with this over the weekend.

 

 Posted by on January 11, 2019
Sep 042018
 

Our friends at the McKinley Dog Park Advisory Council (Facebook) have been working on getting a dog park at Pershing and Western in the McKinley Park neighborhood since 2014.

They’re holding their first fundraiser on Saturday 14th, 2018 from 6-9pm at Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219 S Morgan St.

Get your tickets now and join them at this fun event!

Download the flyer and get the word out!  DogParkFlyer

 Posted by on September 4, 2018
Oct 202016
 

The Chicago Park District recently tested for lead levels in its water fountains around the city.

Here are the results the Chicago Park District reported for the water fountains in our South Loop Dog Parks.  Numbers are in parts per billion.  ‘U‘ means “not detected at the laboratory reporting limit and/or method detection limit”

Grant

Fountain 33 High              <2.0 U

Fountain 33 Dog               <2.0 U

Coliseum

Fountain 1 High                  <2.0 U

Fountain 1 Low                    2.1

Fountain 1 Dog                    <2.0 U

Anderson (Fred)

Fountain 1 High                  <2.0 U

Fountain 1 Low                   <2.0 U

Fountain 2 High                  <2.0 U

Fountain 2 Low                    <2.0 U

Fountain 3 High                  <2.0 U

Fountain 3 Low                    <2.0 U

There’s no information about d’Angelo Park DFA – that park is still under the control of CDOT.

Source: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/assets/1/7/Water_Fountain_Testing_Final_Results.pdf

 

 Posted by on October 20, 2016
Aug 012015
 

Introducing the South Loop Dogs of the Week, Blu and Louis!

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Blu and Louie’s human, Deborah, says:

Blu and Louie love Fred Anderson Dog Park! Blu is quite the attraction as he is obsessed with the fountain, barking and trying to eat the water, while Louie loves to chase and be chased!

Blu is the newest addition to our family, having adopted him from a rescue in Yorkville in April, Louie and I are very lucky and grateful for Blu!

Louis is the white dog with the black face, in back, and Blu the smaller black dog, in front.

What a great pair!

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They sure have a lot of toys!!

Jun 182014
 

An email from a user of Grant Bark Park brought to our attention the need to talk about park safety!  We all want our local dog parks to be a safe, fun space for our dogs and ourselves, but what do you do when the worst happens and another dog attacks you or your dog?

The Short Answer: Call the police.

According to the Chicago Park District website, all owners are legally responsible for their dogs and any injuries caused by their dogs.  If your dog is bitten or attacked, exchange information with the owner of the other dog.

Most owners in good faith will offer to pay for your vet bills.  If the other owner is unwilling to speak with you, call the police and report the incident.

This comes up more frequently than we would like in Chicago dog parks – we hear it from our colleagues across the city – and we’re still trying to come up with a way  to improve the information provided to dog park users and to clueless owners. This is a long term project we’ve been trying to get off the ground; we will update you later in the summer as we make progress.

Things to Look For – From PetBehaviorHelp.com 

Understand what to do when corrections, squabbles and fights happen:
  • Sudden, quick disagreements with lots of noise that end in a matter of seconds are normal and it is probably safe to allow the dogs to remain in the park if neither shows any inclination to continue the argument.
  • Interrupt any situation that seems to be escalating.
  • Use your voice in a calm, commanding way to stop the fight.  Screaming simply increases the arousal of the dogs involved.
  • Do NOT stick your hands into the middle of a dog fight to separate dogs. If physical intervention is needed, try to grab the back legs of your dog and “wheel-barrow” it until it calms down. Fighting dogs will often strike at anything that moves near their face and human hands are far more delicate than most areas where one dog will bite another.
  • Do not allow additional dogs to jump into the fight. If you see or hear a squabble between other dogs, get your dog immediately and take it away from the area.
  • Do not panic. It will not help the dogs. Remember that as a general rule, the louder the fight, the more bluff and bluster is involved and the less damage. Most dog fights between similar size dogs do not result in serious injury.
  • Once a fight occurs, the adrenaline levels of the dogs involved, and many of those who witnessed the fight, will be raised for several hours. It is wise to take these dogs out of the park and exercise them elsewhere to avoid the potential of another fight.

If you have any advice or opinions, please feel free to leave a comment for discussion.

This is an update of  Dog Park Safety: What to do when your dog is attacked posted 8.13.12 on the 16thWabashDogPark blog

Jun 162014
 

When the weather gets warmer…more dogs come out to play!  So now is a good time to review the rules and etiquette for taking Fido to the park.  Most important of course is to make sure your dog is properly vaccinated and socialized.  Puppies under 4 months, dogs without all their shots, and aggressive or extremely timid dogs are best to avoid the dog park.

The best way to insure a good time for all, be respectful of your park (clean up after your dog) and always watch your dog.  Make sure your pooch isn’t playing too rough or cowering in fear under the park bench.  Always be there to protect your dog.

That said, here are the official rules for Chicago’s dog parks – click on the link for more information from the MonDog Website:

  1. Owners are legally responsible for their dogs and any injuries caused by their dogs.
  2. Owners must remain with and watch their dogs at all times.
  3. Dogs must be leashed prior to and upon leaving the DFA.
  4. Owners must immediately clean up after their dogs.
  5. Dogs with a known history of, or who exhibit, dangerous behavior are prohibited.
  6. Dogs must be healthy, fully immunized, dewormed, and licensed.
  7. No dog will be allowed in a DFA unless it has a current rabies vaccination.
  8. Dog owners are responsible for the monitoring and maintenance of the DFA.
  9. Owners or other responsible persons must have a DFA permit with them for each dog visiting the DFA.
  10. Each dog visiting a DFA must display a current Chicago Park District DFA tag.
  11. DFA permits expire on December 31 of the year that it is issued.
  12. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult; younger children must be closely supervised.
  13. Only three dogs per person allowed.
  14. Puppies under four months old and female dogs in heat are prohibited.
  15. Failure to comply with the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control Regulation for Chicago Park District DFAs can result in a fine.
Onto Etiquette…our dog parks will only continue to thrive if we are compassionate and considerate of our dog park neighbors.
  • Clean up after your dog
  • Don’t bring people food into the park
  • Always ask before feeding another dog a treat
  • Don’t discipline another person’s dog, but do remove your dog from an aggressive or inappropriate situation.
  • Play with your dog and pay attention to him, but don’t forget to let him socialize with the other dogs.
  • If you see another dog and their parent about to leave, call your dog over so they can leave easily.
  • Always shut the gate behind you.
  • Talk to people – chat about your puppies and give other dog parents a heads up if you’ve been there for a while and noticed anything unusual or a dog that could be potentially aggressive.
  • Fill the water bowl, take the time to rinse out the bowl and fill it with fresh water if it’s been sitting there for a while.

Did we forget anything?  What other tips can you think of for making our dog parks a better place?

This is an updated version of Dog Parks Rules & Etiquette posted 5/7/12 on the 16thWabashDogPark blog.

Apr 302014
 
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South Loop Dog Park Action Cooperative (SLDogPAC) added 44 new photos — at Grant Bark Park.
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A thank you to the supervisors and trades workers at the Chicago Park District for for re-installing the water connection at the center of Grant Bark Park (next to the 'lock-box'), and for cleaning out the rampant weeds in the cell tower installation adjacent to the park! We're all getting ready for the cleanup this Saturday morning at 8:30am! ... See MoreSee Less

A thank you to the supervisors and trades workers at the  Chicago Park District for for re-installing the water connection at the center of Grant Bark Park (next to the lock-box), and for cleaning out the rampant weeds in the cell tower installation adjacent to the park! Were all getting ready for the cleanup this Saturday morning at 8:30am!Image attachment
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Thank you to everyone who came out today to clean up the Coliseum Dog Park. We started at 8:30 am and ended at just before 11:00 am. There were around 10 people who came out to help us. ... See MoreSee Less

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Timeline PhotosColiseum Dog Park Clean-Up This Saturday - mailchi.mp/fafc340604e7/summer-2020-fetch-4799838 Come join us at 8:30 am and keep this park clean. Located at Wabash and 14th Place under the El tracks. ... See MoreSee Less

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Check Out the Latest Issue of Fetch! The SLDogPAC Newsletter. This one is all about the Fred Anderson Dog Park clean up. Everyone did an amazing job! It looks fabulous. Thank you to everyone who participated and our sponsors who supported the day!
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Water at Fred Anderson Park: as many of you have noticed, although the drinking fountains are off (and will remain so, for health and safety) the spigots inside them are accessible and on. Today we attached hoses to those spigots in both the small and large dog areas. So fill up those pools and spray your water-crazy dog buddies!

We also filled up the bag dispensers today. Please let us know (text, call, write) when they are empty!

The CPD says that they will not turn on the water features. We are still working on that.
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Every time we walk by people are not social distancing in the park it’s more of a social hour for humans water is not going to help that there will juts be too many people in a small area...and why would the CPD be responsible for turning on the water?

Pauly Telz Jimmy yay they're open!

3 months ago

Chicago Park District - today:

"Update. Unfortunately as for now there is no plan to turn on the water features or even decorative fountains in the parks."

Our dogs need to cool down in this hot weather!
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WHY?!

No reason given. This is CPD bureaucracy at work, with layers of responsibility so that our CPD contact can say that THEY didn't make the call. We're trying.

4 months ago

Will the water at our DFAs be turned on soon?

We've been in touch with the Chicago Park District and the answer is:

Probably not, for the time being!

The CPD position (as of 5.26.20) is that they need to take precautions so that disease "can not be transmitted to patrons and pets".

We agree with you - our dogs need water in this heat!

We're working along with the Grant Park Advisory Council to try to get the water features at the DFAs turned on!
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Will the water at our DFAs be turned on soon? 

Weve been in touch with the Chicago Park District and the answer is: 

                 Probably not, for the time being! 

The CPD position (as of 5.26.20) is that they need to take precautions so that disease can not be transmitted to patrons and pets.

We agree with you - our dogs need water in this heat! 

Were working along with the Grant Park Advisory Council to try to get the water features at the DFAs turned on!
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Get ready for the Blue Angels TODAY starting at 11:45! Looks like the South Loop will get a couple of passes. Enjoy, and keep your pups safely indoors in case they are afraid of those noises 🙂 Woof! ... See MoreSee Less

Get ready for the Blue Angels TODAY starting at 11:45! Looks like the South Loop will get a couple of passes. Enjoy, and keep your pups safely indoors in case they are afraid of those noises :)  Woof!

6 months ago

Wanted to share that Fido to go Dog & Cat Treat Food Truck is offering delivery services to keep your pups (and kitties if you have them) well treated <3For those of you feeling uncomfortable to go outside and come to the truck, we will come to you!

Due to Covid-19 Emergency Decree we are now offering:

FREE DELIVERY within 10 mile radius of Downtown Chicago on orders of $30.00 or more.

Tues: 9am-7pm Downtown & Northside
Wed: 9am-7pm Downtown & Southside

We only charge $5 for shipping outside the delivery radius!

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Wanted to share that Fido to go Dog & Cat Treat Food Truck is offering delivery services to keep your pups (and kitties if you have them) well treated

6 months ago

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6 months ago

Check out Episode I of Quarantine Dog Games, brought to you by fantastic trainer Emily Stoddard, and her fellow trainers from Canine Sports Dog Training! And stay tuned for future episodes! ... See MoreSee Less

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6 months ago

For dog owners who are looking for something to do that will both up their training game and provide mental stimulation. Check out this cool game! ... See MoreSee Less

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7 months ago

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8 months ago

This little girl was found running on State Street and 18th today! She's at DoGone Fun! She was wearing her harness and dragging her leash. She is microchipped but not registered. Let's find her family!

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This little girl was found running on State Street and 18th today! Shes at DoGone Fun! She was wearing her harness and dragging her leash. She is microchipped but not registered. Lets find her family!

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Post on Lost dogs of Illinois and also alert Chicago Animal Care and Control

Maybe a vet can help trace owner via chip

I love her

She is adorable. Hope she finds her home.

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Please have them reach out to our microchip hunters for the unregisteted chip. And post on Lost Dogs Illinois

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9 months ago

I’m looking to get some help in identifying or reaching a dog owner whose dog attacked my dog in the Grant Park dog “bark” park on 12/20/19 around 2:30 pm. Unfortunately, I didn’t think at the time to get the owner’s picture or dog’s picture- it all happened so fast.

The dog was tall and large, mixed breed, I believe light brown and white colors. The owner was a middle aged Caucasian male with light brown or dark blond hair, stated his name was “Sean”. He immediately left after the attack, and I believe he gave me a fake phone number when I ran after him to confront him after making sure my dog was stable.

Pictures attached of my puppy’s injuries. Laceration and puncture to the face and inside of her right upper jaw, puncture to her left facial bone so now she gets air under the skin of her snout when she exhales through her nose. Not to mention various other scrapes and cuts to her paw pads, legs, etc.

If anyone knows this person or was there that day and can provide more info, please contact me at (314) 960-4762. Thank you
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I’m looking to get some help in identifying or reaching a dog owner whose dog attacked my dog in the Grant Park dog “bark” park on 12/20/19 around 2:30 pm.  Unfortunately, I didn’t think at the time to get the owner’s picture or dog’s picture- it all happened so fast.  

The dog was tall and large, mixed breed, I believe light brown and white colors.  The owner was a middle aged Caucasian male with light brown or dark blond hair, stated his name was “Sean”.  He immediately left after the attack, and I believe he gave me a fake phone number when I ran after him to confront him after making sure my dog was stable.  

Pictures attached of my puppy’s injuries.  Laceration and puncture to the face and inside of her  right upper jaw, puncture to her left facial bone so now she gets air under the skin of her snout when she exhales through her nose.  Not to mention various other scrapes and cuts to her paw pads, legs, etc. 

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Two days until Dog Photoshoot Day!

9 months ago

A quick reminder that the newly approved Lakeview Dog Park committee will be holding a Community Meeting tomorrow December 5th! ... See MoreSee Less

A quick reminder that the newly approved  Lakeview Dog Park committee will be holding a Community Meeting tomorrow December 5th!

10 months ago

This Dog Photoshoot Day, organized by a group of photography students at Columbia College Chicago, DoGone Fun! and South Loop Dog Park Action Cooperative (SLDogPAC), is a free event for dog owners in Chicago who would like a professional portrait of their pet.

All photographs from the event will be available for download.

To participate, simply bring your picture-perfect dog to DoGone Fun! at 1717 S State Street on Sunday, December 8th, 2019 any time from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

We hope to see you there!
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This Dog Photoshoot Day, organized by a group of photography students at Columbia College Chicago, DoGone Fun! and South Loop Dog Park Action Cooperative (SLDogPAC), is a free event for dog owners in Chicago who would like a professional portrait of their pet. 

All photographs from the event will be available for download. 

To participate, simply bring your picture-perfect dog to DoGone Fun! at 1717 S State Street on Sunday, December 8th, 2019 any time from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM. 

We hope to see you there!

10 months ago

Did you know our friends at Lakeview Dog Park have received approval to build a new DFA? They're holding a community meeting on December 5th at 6:30pm. Show up to give them your support and get involved! ... See MoreSee Less

Did you know our friends at Lakeview Dog Park have received approval to build a new DFA? Theyre holding a community meeting on December 5th at 6:30pm. Show up to give them your support and get involved!

10 months ago

Who doesn't love getting a really nice picture of their dog?? It's Dog Photoshoot Day! Save the date: 12.8.19!
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Who doesnt love getting a really nice picture of their dog?? Its Dog Photoshoot Day! Save the date: 12.8.19!  
More info to follow...

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Time will be 4pm- 8pm (not 11am-3pm shown here)

10 months ago

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10 months ago

Support our friends McKinley Dog Park Advisory Council! Their Beers & Barks Fundraiser at Co-Prosperity Sphere is this Saturday 11.9.19. Tickets are $30 - it looks like a great event!There's so much to look forward to at Beers & Barks! Taquizas y Banquetes el Siete will be hooking us up with delicious tacos, a dog-themed Photo Booth sponsored by Brighton Park Animal Hospital, and Xplosive Sounds Entertainment behind the DJ booth! What are you looking forward to most? ... See MoreSee Less

Support our friends McKinley Dog Park Advisory Council! Their Beers & Barks Fundraiser at Co-Prosperity Sphere is this Saturday 11.9.19. Tickets are $30 - it looks like a great event!
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Mar 292014
 

Introducing South Loop Dog of the Week, Bijvoet!

Australian Shepherd Bijvoet (‘bye-foot’) is a bossy, fun, happy dog who loves to play agility, but loves her frisbee and soccer ball even more. This week she’s at the AKC National Agility Championship, appearing for the second time, and she’s doing great! She’s not the fastest dog, but she’s very consistent over the jumps, weaves and obstacles, and she’s now in 71st place out of over 400 dogs!

Bijvoet is named after a famous Dutch chemist, Johannes Martin Bijvoet, who worked on the foundations of X-ray Crystallography in the mid-20th Century. Her dog mom Pam is an X-ray Crystallographer!

What a good dog!

Mar 012014
 

Introducing Lucky and Rita, South Loop Dogs of the Week!

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Nicole writes:

Lucky likes to visit her brick in the Grant Bark Park and play racquet ball chase, and Rita loves to torment her big sister and play chase, too!  Both girls live to cuddle and generally clown around.

You can find these girls playing in Coliseum Dog Park on a regular basis!

Love that smile!

Feb 222014
 

Introducing Tequila, South Loop Dog of the Week!

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Kelsey writes –

Meet Tequila! Our two year old, fun, loving, snuggle monster!

We got Tequila from PAWS about a year and a half ago. She came into PAWS as a stray from another shelter, as she was next on their list to be euthanized. Thank God PAWS got to her just in time, because this amazing pup has changed our lives!

When my boyfriend, Patrick, and I first met Tequila, she was a confused, sad-faced, underweight pup. She was hesitant to trust anyone or anything she came into contact with. As for Patrick and I, we had just moved to Chicago and we are both huge animal lovers. Not to mention our new neighborhood in the south loop was ideal for dogs with the numerous dog parks, playgroups, and pups everywhere!

After having been through so much in her past, Tequila made a drastic transformation into the happiest, most perfect dog. She brings smiles to our faces each and every day and we absolutely love coming home to our loyal family member. Tequila has such an amazing personality. We often refer to her as being half human but, she loves to go to the dog park and socialize with the other neighborhood pups, too!

Tequila made our new surroundings in this city, home. We cannot imagine life without her peppy, uplifting, loving personality.

Wow, what a good (and photogenic!) girl!

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 Posted by on February 22, 2014
Feb 152014
 

Introducing Ada, South Loop Dog of the Week!

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Ada’s a shepherd mix originally from Oklahoma. She’s almost one year old and she is super energetic. Ada loves all kinds of chewy toys, especially antlers! She can run super fast and loves to do laps around the dog park with all the dogs chasing her! She tumbles and plays and keeps up with all the dogs, even the big ones.  Her owner, Hilary, also takes her running around the South Loop and along the lake.

Ada is a regular at the D’Angelo DFA.

What a great pup!

 Posted by on February 15, 2014
Feb 082014
 

Introducing Dupree, South Loop Dog of the Week!

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Dupree is an American Bulldog. He’s almost 12 years old and has lived in the South Loop all his life. Dupree’s a favorite at many South Loop parks, and a favorite in his building!

He is definitely a gentle giant!

 Posted by on February 8, 2014
Feb 012014
 

Introducing Merlin, South Loop Dog of the Week!

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Merlin is a 9 year old Great Dane.

His pet parent Suzanne writes “he’s getting ready to do minutes on the underwater treadmill at Integrative Pet Care!”

What a good dog!

 

 Posted by on February 1, 2014
Jan 252014
 

Introducing Daisy, South Loop Dog of the Week!

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Daisy was adopted from PAWS Chicago almost a year ago, and she brings her pet parents nothing but joy!

Lisa and Justin write “Daisy enjoys long walks through the streets of Bridgeport, (we really need a dog park in Bridgeport),  playing in the South Loop dog parks, lovingly chasing our cat, endless games of indoor fetch, and hiding her favorite bones in our couch! Daisy has never met a siren that she hasn’t stopped to howl at,  is a world class cuddler, and her favorite place in our neighborhood is Bark N Bite, where she can stop to get treats from Laura and Kim.”

“We are so lucky to have had Daisy come into our lives!!”

What a good girl!

 Posted by on January 25, 2014
Jan 182014
 

Is your pup a star? Of course she is!

We want to see your dog star as the South Loop Dog of the Week!

Just tell us about your pup and email a pic to ‘dotw@southloopdogpac.org‘.

South Loop Dog of the Week appears every Saturday at 11AM.

Who’ll be the next DOTW!

doftw

 Posted by on January 18, 2014
Jan 112014
 

Introducing South Loop Dog of the Week: Bruno!

Bruno is one year old. His favorite toys are his stuffed fox and any and all Nylabones and chewy ropes.

His favorite dog park is the d’Angelo DFA.
What a good boy!

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 Posted by on January 11, 2014
Nov 262012
 

A final design proposal for the Fred Anderson Park was presented at a community meeting on November 20th. What follows is a brief description to highlight how the proposed dog friendly area compares to other Chicago dog parks, and to point out some interesting design features.

Here’s an overall picture of the proposal:

The site is situated between 16th & 18th St, between Wabash Ave and the alley to the east. Right now, this area is just a vacant field and the small asphalt parking lot to the north:

The park will encompass about 1.1 acres.  Now, Chicago dog ‘friendly’ areas are small, and this park will be no exception.  Frisbee dogs and dogs running free – you will have to go elsewhere.

The proposed small-dog area is an oval about 67’ by 94’, and is surfaced primarily (80%) with concrete.  About 18% of the surface will comprise an ‘artificial grass’ feature, a central raised planting, and a water runnel flowing from the planted area towards the center of the dog park.

The proposed large-dog area includes an entry space ~20’ wide by 70’ long and a larger ‘fetch’ area running north-south that is ~35’ wide by 226’ long. This fetch area will include two raised plantings (see the cross-section diagram, below), a strip of artificial grass and a water runnel flowing through it.

Overall, the small-dog area will comprise ~5200 sq ft (0.12 acre).

The large-dog area will comprise ~13700 sq ft (0.32 acre).

For comparison, Grant Bark Park is ~18000 sq ft (0.4 acre), and the average size of a Chicago DFA is ~0.18 acre.  The Fred Anderson Dog Park now proposed occupies only  about 45% of the ~1.1 acre site.  This is less than the original design proposal presented two years ago, but is certainly an improvement over the revision that was presented last year.

However, it’s instructive to compare the 35’ x 226’ size of the ‘fetch’ area in the proposed design to what exists at Grant Bark Park – for perspective, it’s about the same size as just the gravel area of Grant Bark Park:

And, as designed, there’s no escaping that the dog park surface will be largely concrete, hard, and somewhat reminiscent of the Mary Bartelme Park DFA:

Thus, the proposed Fred Anderson Park dog ‘friendly’ area will be ~three quarters concrete, with only one-quarter of the area as artificial grass or elevated planted features.

There will be one double-gated entrance to the small-dog DFA. The large-dog DFA will have two double-gated entrances on opposite sides, one of which will provide access from the alleyway to the east.

There are some nice features to the design –

  • An overlook – the center of the park will be elevated to create an ‘overlook’ over the dog friendly area. This might be a site for future sculpture [a statue dedicated to jazz legend Fred Anderson has been discussed], and should provide a space for informational graphics to bring the dog-owning and non-dog-owning communities together.
  • Dog water fountains – there will be at least three different water fountains with dog-bowls and hose connections (for dog water play and maintenance).
  • Equipment gates – an access gate from the east side of the park will allow access for large equipment, and there will be an access gate between the large- and small-dog areas.
  • Surrounding path – a 7.5’ wide perimeter path will surround the dog-friendly area and connect the various parts of the park together.
  • Shade structures – there will be shade sails installed around the dog park to provide protection from the sun and from the weather.  South Loop Dog PAC has suggested a shade sail over the stage area, as well, in order to provide protection for performers and to reflect its use elsewhere in the park.
  • Performance area – there will be an ~1000 sq ft performance stage anchoring a ~4500 sq ft  ‘performance area’ at the northwest corner of the park. There will be seating and, we hope (per comments made at the community meeting!), some kind of performance lighting provided.
  • Water features – the water feature seems particularly novel, as park users will press a switch to turn the flow of water on and off. Water will flow through a ‘concrete runnel a few inches deep with small stones and boulders embedded’.

Overall, it seems like an exciting plan!  We are particularly interested in what you think about this proposal, and we welcome your comments below or by email. We expect to continue discussion with the Chicago Park District about this park, and will be sure to communicate your comments and concerns to them.

Cross section of the park, illustrating elevation changes:

 Posted by on November 26, 2012
Nov 232012
 

Happy Thanksgiving to all! I trust that you all enjoyed your family gatherings and gluttonous feasts. I probably should have posted this prior to Turkey Day instead of the day after, but we can use the Thanksgiving hindsight to better prepare for the remaining holidays of 2012.

What can your dogs eat from your holiday table?

• Turkey, ham, roast beef. Lean proteins are okay to share with your dogs in moderation. The meats themselves should not pose a problem to your dog’s system, unless you are already aware of a poultry allergy, which is common in some breeds. The problem to watch for is the seasoning. Too much salt can cause them some distress. Same as in people, too much salt can make dogs bloated and distended, and it can make them drink more water than usual. This could wreak havoc on your walk schedule and your sleep schedule (urgent need for an unscheduled middle of the night walk).

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 Posted by on November 23, 2012
Nov 082012
 

The Chicago Park District and Alderman Fioretti’s office have organized an on-site tour of the new d’Angelo Park Dog Friendly Area this Saturday, November 10th at 11AM.  They will be asking for your help organizing a DFA support committee and planning future organizational meetings. This may be your opportunity to support your local dog park, from the beginning!

We’ve scouted out the park for you, and will soon have information on our Chicago Dog Parks page!

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 Posted by on November 8, 2012
Nov 062012
 

OK, South Loop dog fans, it really is time for the final community meeting for the Chicago Park District to present their plans for development of the new Fred Anderson Park (16th Wabash Park) and Dog Friendly Area (DFA).

The Chicago Park District and Alderman Fioretti have scheduled a public meeting for

Tuesday November 20th 6pm, at the 1st District Police Station, 1718 S. State St. 

This meeting is important.  It will be your chance to see what’s going to be built at the park in 2013, it will provide an opportunity to make  your comments and suggestions, and it will allow us as a community  to show our support for a new, dog-friendly, dog park in the South Loop.

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 Posted by on November 6, 2012