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New dog park has a home, needs a name

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  • Residents from Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect attend a public input meeting Jan. 9, to view conceptual drawings and have questions answered about the new dog area at Melas Park.

      Residents from Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect attend a public input meeting Jan. 9, to view conceptual drawings and have questions answered about the new dog area at Melas Park.
    Courtesy of Arlington Heights Park District

 
Submitted by Arlington Heights Park District

In June, dogs and their owners will have a new place to visit with the opening of a new dog park, whose name is still as of yet, to be determined. This is where staff at both the Arlington Heights Park District and the Mount Prospect Park District hope residents will come in.

At a public input meeting held Thursday, Jan. 9, staff revealed the conceptual drawings of the dog park and answered questions from the public. District officials also revealed that they are now looking for creative suggestions for a dog park moniker.

Residents from both Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect are eligible to submit their suggestions online to park district staff at both www.ahpd.org and www.mppd.org through Monday, Feb. 3. Staff will consider all names and then collectively select three potential names by Feb. 14. Both communities will then have the opportunity to vote for their favorite out of the three names between Feb. 15 and Feb. 28. Park District staff will reveal the new dog park name in early March.

The joint dog park project will offer 1.82 acres of lush outdoor space for dogs to run and play while pet owners mingle with one another. Situated at Melas Park, 1500 W. Central Road, the dog park will feature signage with rules/regulations of park use, two separate areas to accommodate small and large dogs (25+ pounds). The space will also feature a canopy for shade as well as benches, trash receptacles and waste receptacles with bag dispensers.

The park is the first and only dog park in both Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect. A total of 500 dog memberships will be sold annually. Memberships will go on sale in early May.

The Arlington Heights and the Mount Prospect Park District's will host a grand opening of the dog park in June.

For more information about the dog park name contest or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Anita M.

Pacheco, superintendent of Marketing and Communications at (847) 506-7141.

To see the rules/regulations and to see the plans visit us online at ahpd.org or mppd.org.

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