|Ella at Grant Bark Park|
Kirsten & Ella
|Graduating from obedience|
class at the Anti-Cruelty Society
Since we live in a one bedroom apartment, dog park visits are essential! Ella starts to go stir crazy and no amount of ball tossing in the living room or even down the building hallway (don't tell my neighbors) will satisfy her. We end up at the dog park at least three times a week. Without a park to take Ella to, we'd all go crazy, and we may not be able to keep her happy and healthy at home. Currently Ella likes to visit her two South Loop dog parks - Grant Bark Park and Coliseum Park - but even more so, Ella loves the West Loop Dog Park, Lakeshore East Dog Park, and Montrose Dog Beach. We love taking her to parks with faux turf and water features so she doesn't hurt her paw pads, stays hydrated, and can play for hours. But since she's little, the only park she can walk to is Coliseum Park. It would be amazing to have a full size, close to home South Loop dog park.
From the different parks I've been to, it's clear that parks can be more than a place to exercise your dogs. They can be a community where you find friends, human and dog alike, and people look out for each other. It is my greatest hope that the 16th and Wabash Dog Park will turn out to be that place! Please Chicago Park District, keep working on building Ella her dream park!
Do you love dog parks? Want to write a "What Dog Parks Mean to Me" post? Email your thoughts and a picture of your dog to community@SouthLoopDogPac.org