LOGAN SQUARE — After years of community effort, Logan Square's first dog park, located directly west of the Kennedy Expressway and south of Logan Boulevard, is about to open.
An official grand opening party is scheduled for Aug. 30, but the park could open any day now, according to organizers.
"I started with the committee in 2012, but some folks had been trying to get a dog park for years before that but nothing moved forward," said Kim Pool, president of the Logan Square Dog Park Committee.
The roughly 8,000 square foot dog park includes two separate areas, one for large dogs and other for small dogs. It also includes a dog-sized water fountain and has asphalt topped with a special surface that reflects light to ensure the ground stays cool on sunny summer days and doesn't burn dogs' paws.
"It's a beautiful park," Pool said. "It really turned out nice."
As of Thursday the park remained locked up, as the park district needed to address a few minor details before the public could access the area, according to Pool.
The land where the park was constructed was previously an abandoned car lot and was sometimes used as a campsite by homeless people.
The Logan Square Dog Park Committee raised about $36,000 over the past few years, and funds were made available through the city's open space impact fee. The total cost of the park was $445,000, and the funds that the group raised will now go toward maintaining the park.
The opening party on Sunday, Aug. 30, will features food trucks, vendors and music to celebrate the park. The group secured a permit to block off the street in front of the park for the opening day festivities.
Local vendors can set up a booth for a $20 donation to the park to promote their business or sell goods.
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