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Where Would You Put A Dog Park in Northbrook?

Patch wants to know what you think.

When we published a story about a recent spike in complaints over dogs running off leash, we got lots of feedback from readers. Discussion ranged from coyotes to picking up pet waste to how dogs should be trained.

But one theme was clear: many commenters believe that Northbrook needs a dog park, where pet owners could let their dogs run around safely (and legally) off leash.

"We really do need to somehow create a fenced area for dogs and their owners where the dogs can be exercised and can socialize," wrote Colleen Holohan. "I know I can speak for hundreds of dog owners in our town. We're waiting patiently for our village leaders to respond."

"The park district needs to deal with the fact that a dog park is more important to Northbrook residents than building another gym or upgrading facilities already in place," wrote Melissa Morreale, a professional dog walker.

"The residents of Northbrook have been advocating for a dog park for many, many years," added Denise Handler.

What do you think? If Northbrook had a dog park, where would you put it? 

Paul Cohen February 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM
A few small ones located in corners of local parks verses one larger one.
Julie Gibson February 16, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Doesn't need to be anything fancy, but we sorely need a dog park in Northbrook.
Popeye February 16, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Techny Prairie was my vote, but it's not really large enough. There's a great dog park in Lake Forest on Waukegan Road. It's 45 acres and residents pay a lower annual fee than nonresidents. They just fenced in some unused land. We have many forest preserve sites that could just be fenced in at a minimal cost and would give us a larger area than those mentioned in the poll. Maybe make a smaller park at Techny or Meadowhill for smaller dogs and fence in some forest preserve area for larger dogs. I'm glad there is dialogue on this issue now. I have noticed many more dogs off-leash lately. This is dangerous for many reasons. I also think most residents would be willing to pay for an annual dog park permit. However, if Northbrook builds a park that is too small I would continue driving up to the one in Lake Forest.
Boomer & Scout's Mom February 16, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I completely agree with Popeye. Northbrook would definitely benefit from a larger dog park and residents (and non-residents) would pay to use it. We, too, pay the non-resident fee to bring our two dogs to the Lake County Forest Preserve Dog Parks - to the tune of $178 a year. I doubt that I would use a small dog park because the dogs don't have enough room to roam and sniff and run and run and run. There was once a small dog park on Wilmot Road in Deerfield (I'm not sure if it's still there) and we stopped using it because there were just too many dogs in a small, confined space and the tension would, at times, be way too high to be fun and comfortable for the dogs and/or their owners. We've been happy at the Lake County Dog Parks, but would LOVE one closer to home!
Jim Johnsen February 16, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Nowhere. If a person doesn't intend to walk there dog on a leash or have a fenced in backyard they should not own a dog. All dogs do in a dog park is fight with each other anyways.
Heather Cassell February 16, 2012 at 05:39 PM
We have a big yellow lab that needs lots of exercise. I take her to Lake Forest dog park and Techny whenever possible to run her around. I think that taking advantage of the many forest perserves in Northbrook would be ideal for a larger dog to run and explore. I think the perfect location would be Sommes Woods on Dundee near Waukegan. I would never go there alone during the day with my dog as I don't think it's safe. There are lots of weird things going on. But if it was fenced in and some woods chips added to make walking trails and a hose to clean the dog up it would be perfect!! There is plenty of parking and it's centrally located. I can't believe that a town as big as Northbrook doesn't have this available already and that we are forced to have to pay non-resident fees and drive out of our way.
Michelle Hinca February 16, 2012 at 06:32 PM
There's a great field at the edge of the Forest Preserve off of Lee and Grant Roads where I often see dogs and their owners...
Kati Byrne Spaniak February 17, 2012 at 05:45 AM
The forest preserve wont work because that has no connection with the village of northbrook. Just getting the FP to cut the grass by midway a couple of years ago was a battle. Heres a good one that i havent heard...How about five seasons sports club? They have quite a bit of room out front and some around the back. You never know! They might be looking for an extra buck here and there!
CB February 17, 2012 at 03:28 PM
The curmudgeon has spoken!

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