The Elmhurst Park District Board of Park Commissioners approved the name of the future dog park to be “Canine Corner” during its Nov. 27 meeting, marking an important step for the project.
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Construction of the dog park is slated to begin in the spring, according to a news release.
In honor of National Dog Day on Aug. 26, staff asked the community to submit suggestions to name the dog park via Facebook and the District’s community e-newsletter, the release said. After a review of more than 200 suggestions, Canine Corner was chosen as a fun, playful name that also made clear the purpose of the site with a hint to its geographic location.
Canine Corner, to be located at 0S761 Old York Road, will be the first dog park in Elmhurst. Residents of Elmhurst have consistently voiced their interest in a dog park in recent years, according to the release. Land for the park was purchased in 2017 and a Master Plan was approved the following year.
The park will include large and small dog play areas, a water feature, agility course and more. Following delays due to the pandemic, the Park District began site prep work this year in anticipation of construction work in 2024.
There has also been ongoing work by Park District staff to secure alternate revenue sources for the dog park. Based on these efforts, the Park Board was pleased to accept two significant private donations for the dog park. The first was a donation for a sponsorship of the 20 x 40-foot shelter from longtime Elmhurst veterinarian John Devries and his wife Linda while the second sponsorship was for the entry plaza with dog sculpture and a bench from Michele Pflum and Kevin Graf
Staff efforts to secure additional sponsorships will continue, with a variety of sponsorship levels and opportunities for businesses or private donors now available. Sponsoring a park amenity is a wonderful way to contribute to your community in a substantial and significant way. Download the Dog Park Sponsorship Flyer at epd.org or reach out to Director of Marketing, Kari Felkamp, at [email protected]