Dog Park Task Force Decision
Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Last February, we began a community conversation about adding a dog park to Glencoe. The conversation started with a community input meeting, which brought over 100 residents out on a cold night to discuss logistics, the pros and cons of a dog park, and potential locations. From there, the Board of Commissioners reviewed community feedback and honed in on six potential locations. They also appointed a Task Force of eleven community members to further explore the feasibility of a Glencoe dog park. Then, the Task Force got to work. They toured each potential location, eliminated unsuitable locations, and selected one acceptable location for the dog park: the southwest corner of Shelton Park.
Neighbors of Shelton Park were asked to weigh in on the possibility of building a dog park in Glencoe in a survey. 45% of Shelton Park neighbors think Glencoe could benefit from an area where dogs could safely play off-leash, however, a number of safety and logistical concerns emerged. Neighbors expressed high concern about parking/traffic congestion, noise, trash, odor, proximity to houses, and impact on property values near the park. The concerns led 86% of neighbors to say they would not support a dog park at Shelton Park.
Click here to see the Task Force's presentation to the Board of Commissioners.
There was a consensus on the task force that a dog park is a desired amenity for Glencoe. However, after reflecting on the survey results they reluctantly concluded they would not recommend a dog park within Glencoe Park District property. The task force believes that the Cook County Forest Preserve has adequate nearby property for a dog park.
The Task Force recommended a Citizen Advisory Group be formed to petition the Cook County Forest Preserve to convert land into an off-leash park. Glencoe, Winnetka, and Northfield residents are encouraged to work together to garner support for a neighboring dog park on forest preserve property. If you are interested in participating in this group, please contact [email protected]
Dog Park Resources
The Dog Park Task Force used a number of resources to study the feasibility of a Glencoe location. Click on the titles below to read the articles the Dog Park Task Force studied:
- Courtesy Hours for Off-Leash Dogs in Public Parks
- Are Dog Parks Exclusionary?
- Creating Dog Parks Without Rancor
- Designing and Managing Innovative Dog Parks
- Dog Parks: Promoting Vibrant, Active People, Dogs and Community
- Dogs in the Parks: Managing the Waste
- Making Space in Parks for Dogs
- NRPA Park Pulse: Americans Agree Dog Parks Benefit Local Communities
- Raleigh, North Carolina's Dog Park Study
- The 'Dogification' of America's Parks
- Why Parks Should Go to the Dogs
- Chevy Chase case study: August 28
- Chevy Chase case study: September 10