Avondale Estates Can't Find Spot For Dog Park

There's no place in Avondale Estates to put a dog park that's acceptable to residents, said the chairman of the dog park committee.

After searching more than two years, Avondale Estates has given up the idea of building a dog park.

Ad Hoc Dog Park Committee Chairwoman Martha McDermott said the city wanted the dog park but doesn't have the real estate.

"Everytime we looked at a site we got pushback from the residents," McDermott said. "It went on until we ran out of places."

The committee investigated using the city bird sanctuary, Willis Park, Fletcher Park and the North Woods.

In an email newsletter, the city thanked the committee for its work and said "the implementation of a dog park will be delayed until the City is able to acquire or locate a suitable green space to dedicate to a dog park. ..."

All were too close to residential areas and Willis Park became a cut-through for kids on their way to the Museum School, McDermott said.

She said the city government supported the dog park idea and still holds out hope that one will be developed some day.

Previous stories about Avondale Estates search for a dog park:

  • Jan. 24, 2011. Wanted: Park for Avondale Dogs and Their Best Friends
  • May 23, 2011. Avondale Dogs in Willis Park?
  • May 24, 2011. Residents Discuss Avondale Dog Park
Bill Kelly February 27, 2013 at 12:56 PM
The corner of Willis park near the pool would not interfere with anyone's home or the kids
po February 27, 2013 at 03:06 PM
Seriously? Because the City couldn't locate a piece of property to purchase with taxpayer funds for a dog park - in a City that is dog friendly and walkable - is evidence that "it's residents are not progressive enough to support any type of growth"???? Really? How is a dog park supporting "growth"?
po February 27, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Sorry, but the City currently has a largely vacant downtown because a developer paid too much money for property during the boom times and then went bankrupt when the economy tanked. Most of the property has been tied up in the bankruptcy process since then (although rumor has it, some entity has purchased it in the bankruptcy, though I haven't seen anything official to that effect).
Melissa O'Shields February 27, 2013 at 11:41 PM
Exactly Bill. I am favor of starting a petition for this. Let's get one started! There are too many dog lovers in favor of it with only a small group of chronic complainers who can't accept any change in the neighborhood, sadly.
Martha McDermott February 28, 2013 at 01:29 AM
Bill and Melissa, The dog park committee attempted to get a dog park in that corner of Willis Park a couple of years ago, but came up against strong objections from the Pool Board. Good luck with your efforts!


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