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New Edgewater Dog Park Opens For Resident Pooches

A new dog park next to the lakefront trail and close to the beach has officially opened for pet playtime. The dedicated dog area, which was announced in January, helps ease the burden since Foster dog beach closed due to rising water levels.

Ally Brisbin, Assistant to the Alderman and Economic Development & Communications for the 48th Ward said, “In response to Foster dog beach closing due to rising lake levels, our office received many requests to add another dog-friendly area in the ward where people could have their dogs run off-leash.”

The park, which is located just north of Bryn Mawr and just East of Lake Shore Drive, is fenced off with a tall green fence. It is a special pilot program so the 48th Ward office can monitor how the location works for residents. According to them, other dog-designated areas could be created throughout the ward if the park is successful.

“The Alderman has worked to find the best location in the park for the project, our residents and their pets,” said Brisbin.

Brisbin also mentioned that the owner (or other responsible person) bringing any dog into these dog friendly areas (DFA) must have a permit and tag issued by participating Veterinarians for each dog. All dogs using Chicago dog parks and beaches are required to have a DFA tag.

The 48th ward is also working to add extra amenities to the dog park such as dog waste dispensers and water fountains. In the meantime, they are looking to organize an advisory committee for the dog park. They are hoping that this group of area residents will be able to help make the pilot program thrive.

To be a part of the advisory committee contact ally at the 48th Ward office at ally@48thward.org.

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