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If A ¾ Acre Dog Park Sounds Awesome, Help Make It Happen On North Side

By Patty Wetli | September 26, 2017 8:35am | Updated on September 29, 2017 10:52am

IRVING PARK — The biggest dog park in Chicago — three-quarters of an acre — has been in the planning stages for years, but is still well short of the funds needed to become a reality.

The Horner Park Dog Park auction is now underway online to help bring the park closer to its goal.

Auction items range from a sailing cruise on Lake Michigan to a monthly glass of wine at the Book Cellar. Bidding is open until 10 p.m. Saturday. Click here to view items and place bids.

Officially designated dog parks are the only public spaces where dogs are permitted off-leash in Chicago. The city has just 23 dog parks to serve an estimated 400,000 to 600,000 dogs.

Horner Park volunteers have raised $120,000 to date, an amount they need to double in order to build the proposed dog park, which would be situated at the corner of Irving Park Road and California Avenue. 

Plans for the park include separate areas for large and small dogs, a dog-friendly water fountain, mounding and tunnels for play and benches for people to sit while their pooches run free.

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