Dog Park Nears Completion

After months of work, the new dog park near 160th and Oak Park Avenue is nearly complete.

Soon residents of Oak Forest, the surrounding area and their furry, four-legged friends are going to have a new place to play.  After months of work by the Cook County Forest Preserve District and the Bark for a Park Committee, opening day of the dog friendly park at Bremen Grove is finally near.

Although an official opening date hasn't been finalized, Cook County Forest Preserve spokesperson Karen Vaughan said the park should open in mid-November.

Vaughan said that the dog park isn't something that the Forest Preserve District would generally take on, but after hearing from residents in the area, it made sense to look into developing a dog park in the South Suburbs.

“During the process of developing the Oak Forest Heritage Master Plan, which is next to the health center campus, we heard from a lot of residents who wanted to see a dog park in the Southland,” she said. “After looking at it, we determined that site wasn't the appropriate place, but we did agree we would work with them and look at some other sites, so that's how this particular site was chosen.”

She added that the site will be based off of a similar dog park in Des Plaines, which currently has 750 users. Vaughan said that the Des Plaines park, just like the future Bremen Grove park, is a permit-use only area.

Previously, at a Bark For Your Park committee meeting members were told that 250 permits will be issued for the park. However, the park district has since revised that statement, noting that they will meet the demand of all interested parties. Applications are currently being accepted and are available through the forest preserve district's website.

On the Forest Preserve District's website, permits are listed at $50 per dog for Cook County residents, while out of county residents will pay $100 per dog. The permit is good from Oct. 12, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2013. The district is currenly accepting checks made payable to the Cook County Forest Preserve District, or Visa or Mastercard.

All dog owners requesting a permit must also submit a veterinarian’s health report on for each dog on the application.

As for the working relationship between the committee and the Forest Preserve District, Vaughan said that it's been a driving force for getting the dog park completed. Money won by the group during a PetSafe contest will not be used for the park, however $11,000 in funds raised by the group will be used for amenities within the park. 

“I think from our perspective, having an active, engaged group of citizens and residents who wanted something like this, was key in determining that we could do it there,” she said. “We couldn't have done it without them.”

Michael M. October 14, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Nancy Hullinger-Negative has nothing to do with it. I am looking out for our tax dollars, the county tax dollars that were used. I have every right to express my opinion, just as you do, and I respect your right to express your opinion. I even respect your right to call me names or insinuate that I am a basement dweller, I have been called worse. On the other hand, you do not respect my right to state my opinion or you would not sink to the level of name calling. I would imagine that if I went to another meeting I would be called names for expressing my opinion, so I think I will pass. Also I did sign up for the email list at the meeting I did attend, and I have yet to receive any email from anyone on the committee, so it is apparent that I am not welcome. As long as one agrees with your viewpoint, they are welcome, if they do not agree, they are not welcome. How do you get the best ideas with a room full of people who can not have a differing opinion? As stated before I SUPPORT THE DOG PARK, but I do not support the process. I have the right to know how my tax dollars are used and to question any process that I do not understand or agree with. As a committee that is using my donation and tax dollars for the dog park, it is incumbent upon you to fulfill you fiduciary responsibilities to the community and inform us of the process and answer any questions that the community asks, even if you do not like the question.
Michael M. October 14, 2012 at 08:44 PM
As for the pup crawl today. It is my daughters birthday, so I am spending it with her.
Elizabeth Tayner October 14, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Michael, I would suggest you complain to the CCFPD since they are the ones who spent the tax dollars.
BUTCH October 14, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Some slug who runs the FORESTRY DIVISION or a consultant in the HIWAY DEPT who has three other jobs on the taxpayers dime but blows it all at the track
BUTCH October 15, 2012 at 12:08 AM
If you really are interested and they are betting you are not, study their Budget and do the foot work on how many people are actually on and in the positions they post in-the old days when MADIGGON'S puppet PHELAN and the 2 worthless Strogers they were hiding them as Adm Asst and recently consultants it has gotten a wee bit better but MADIGGON is still entrenched with patronage meaning it is real BS this is chump change and can be used for the stated purpose with transparency galore


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