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Dog park in Carpentersville?

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Every dog could soon have its day in Carpentersville.

Monday night, the Carpentersville's parks committee decided to research the merits of establishing a dog park that would let man's best friend run with abandon.

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The committee will investigate the park's cost, see how Lake in the Hills and Dundee Township run their own dog parks, how much fencing they'd need to create it and whether users would pay an admission fee.

They would also get in touch with Public Works Director Bob Cole -- he has a relative who runs a dog park.

Yet questions came up over who would check to see whether every dog had its rabies shots and whether they'd issue a key to every individual park user.

"I can't imagine who's standing at the gate checking on all that," Chairwoman Pat Schultz said.

Ideally, the committee hopes to put the park on the east side of Carpentersville, since west side residents have a dog park near them in Dundee Township at the Schweitzer Woods Forest Preserve.

The park would likely be located by a retention pond on Tamarac Drive, near the public works facility now under construction, Schultz said.

But that space isn't final, she added.

The project could also help foster community pride.

The group proposed getting residents involved by sponsoring a naming contest for the park. The winner would get a basket full of dog treats and be the first to tour the park with his or her pooch.

The committee would like to see the project bear fruit in 2012, but that all depends on how much it costs.

The committee is due to discuss the dog park again at its next meeting in March.

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