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updated: 8/3/2012 11:19 AM

Des Plaines seeks input on proposed dog park

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Submitted by City of Des Plaines

Des Plaines Mayor Marty Moylan will host a meeting to discuss the development of a dog park at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 15, in the City Council Chambers of City Hall, 1420 Miner St.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Reservations are not required.

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"It is important that we hear your opinions, concerns and questions," Moylan said. "This will be an informal get-together, a sort of brainstorming session, where we will discuss the development of a recreational setting for our 'best friends.'"

Moylan would like to develop a volunteer citizens' committee to work with his office and other dog/animal advocacy groups on the dog park project. He has sent letters to residents who have expressed an interest in the project and will appoint a city council liaison to the committee.

Director of Public Works and Engineering Tim Oakley will present possible locations for the dog park development during the meeting. Attendees will be asked to share their ideas on the project through informational cards.

"We want this to be a working session, a fact-finding event, and a fun evening," Moylan said. "Dog owners are invited to bring pictures of their pets. Parks like this aren't just for Fido, they're for the health and welfare of our residents, too. Walking paths make great exercise routes for our four legged friends and their owners."

For more information, call the city's dog park hotline at (847) 827-4966 or email dogpark@desplaines.org.

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