Not rain nor cold kept this group from cleaning up Logan Square Dog Park

Date: 
10/08/2014
LoganSqClnUp2014

Alex Mickley, Greg Sytsma, Dan Spargur, Sally Hamann, Melissa Ramirez, Carlos Alfaro, Anthony Melendez, Chris Bradbury and Luis Daniel Mato. Not Pictured: April Thomas

Close to a dozen volunteers showed up on a cold and rainy Saturday to clean up the Logan Square Dog Park, between Western Ave. and Logan Blvd.

The Dog Park Committee coordinates clean up efforts a few times a year because the lot, which for decades was used as a dumping area, is filled with broken glass and junk. 

Volunteers wore heavy work gloves, used rakes and shovels, and filled up bags full of glass, cans and old carpet.

The park is being used quite often by residents and the Dog Park Committee has received several complaints about animals being injured by broken glass. Even though the committee gathers volunteers to clean up the park, the park remains full of glass. The glass is buried beneath the ground and when it rains more glass appears. 

There is an area of the park that is partially covered with weeds and grass. It seems like there is less glass in that area and many people let their dogs run around there.

Because residents want an off leash area to bring their dogs, someone has put in a make shift fence that is being used to block off the open area of the park. This helps keep the dogs fenced in and allows them to run and play.

Half Italian provided sandwiches for the hard-working crew. Logan Pets asked staff to volunteer for the clean up day and four people from Logan Pets showed up. Logan Pets secured the food donation from Half Italian and provided pop and water for everyone.

Alex Mickley, owner of Active! Dog Daycare and Boarding showed up to help. Alex brings dogs from Active! to the dog park year round. When he thinks the dogs need an adventure he brings them to the dog park. He takes dogs there for one on one training sessions, too.

Both Logan Pets and Active! Dog Daycare and Boarding have been incredible supporters of the dog park. Both companies continuously donate money and hold fundraisers for the park. 

Update on the progress of the park: The construction bids came in high and the Chicago Park District wants to re-bid the project. That means construction will not begin this fall as originally planned. The Park District provided the fall construction date but now the project is waiting to be re-bid.

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