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Will The South Side Finally Get An Official Dog Park? Alderman Wants Action

By Sam Cholke | July 17, 2017 6:08am | Updated on July 21, 2017 10:41am
 Several areas of the South Side are trying to be the first to get a dog park.
Several areas of the South Side are trying to be the first to get a dog park.
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KENWOOD — Ald. Sophia King (4th) is angling to get the South Side’s first dog park in her ward.

King is hosting a meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Kennicott Park, 4434 S. Lake Park Ave., on how to make that happen.

Residents of King's ward have tried and failed for years to make a dog park happen in Harold Washington Playlot Park and other parks.

It’s becoming something of a race now to get the first dog park, and with King’s backing, the 4th Ward could let its mutts off leash first.

The 5th Ward has its own unofficial dog park, Jackson Bark, on a tennis court in Jackson Park that is slated to be converted into part of the golf course driving range. The Chicago Park District has committed to creating a dog area elsewhere in the park when the golf course work starts next year.

Residents of the 3rd Ward have formed the Bronzeville Association for Recreation with Canines and have identified a possible location at 3938 S. Indiana Ave.

Dog lovers in the 7th Ward have been pushing for two years for the South Side’s first dog beach on an unused portion of the lakefront south of the Eugene Sawyer Water Purification Plant at 3300 E. Cheltenham Place.

The time seems right for dogs to get a little more leeway on the South Side, but the question is where will it happen first?