Lake Zurich Dogs Might Get a Walk in the Park
Park board explores allowing dogs in parks; survey showed dog parks are one of the most demanded facilities by Lake Zurich residents.
Taking your dog for a walk in the park seems like an all-American activity, but in Lake Zurich dogs are not allowed in parks.
The Lake Zurich Park and Recreation Advisory Board has been exploring allowing dogs in at least some village parks.
“We’re trying to give residents something they have asked for,” said Dawn Brazier, park board chair. “We’re in the investigation stage. Right now, we are looking to see if some parks might be more amenable than others,” she said.
Brazier explained that residents’ desire to allow dogs in parks came out of the Lake Zurich Park and Recreation Community Survey, which was performed prior to the Open Space and Recreation Master Plan in 2011.
Dog parks were among the most demanded facilities; other requests were for a community center, an aquatic center, expansion of the skatepark, community gardens, nature walks, and trails connecting recreation facilities throughout the Village.
Creating a dog park is unlikely in the village’s tight budget, however the park board is exploring if it would be feasible to allow dogs in certain parks.
"I'm sure some people do walk their dogs in village parks; they don't realize they are not allowed," Brazier said.
“Most of the parks are in neighborhoods, so there are concerns over droppings, noise, kids being in parks. We’re investigating whether this can happen or not,” Brazier said.
“We’re trying to balance residents who may not want dogs in the park with quite a few people who are saying they do want dogs in parks,” Brazier said.
The village code would need to be changed to allow dogs in parks. The park advisory board would come up with a recommendation which would be voted on by the village board.
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