At a public input meeting held last week, January 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 Mt. Prospect are eligible to submit their suggestions online to Park District staff at both www.ahpd.org and www.mppd.org between January 20 and February 3. Staff will consider all names and then collectively select three potential names by February 14. Both communities will then have the opportunity to vote for their favorite out of the three names between February 15 and February 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+ lbs). 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 Mt. Prospect. A total of 500 dog memberships will be sold annually. Memberships will go on sale in early May.
The Arlington Heights and the Mt. 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 at 847.506.7141. Check out the fact sheet, view the draft of the dog park rules/regulations and see the plans here.