Tails are wagging across Elmhurst since the Park District moved one step closer to finalizing plans for a dog park in south Elmhurst. The board of commissioners recently approved a design plan for the potential park to be located on 3.4 acres off Old York Road on a former trailer park property.

Following a July 26 open house for residents to view proposed designs, the Park District and Upland Design of Plainfield (which has been analyzing the site, collecting public input, and preparing preliminary designs) released its dog site park site analysis.

Plans for the dog park include separate areas for big and small dogs, a water feature, a walking path within the park, and a shade structure as well as seating. A paid permit will be required to use the dog park.

A tentative cost estimate of close to $2 million would include clearing brush and dead trees; removing pavement, a small office building, and a garage; and construction costs of the actual park. Those numbers are not firm, however, and will likely change once plans are finalized and bids go out. The park district will most likely find additional sources of revenue (such as partnerships, grants, or even a referendum) to offset the costs.

No timeframe has been set for construction to begin. Cost will likely play a large factor in how quickly it can go constructed.

The push for a dog park came about after the community showed interest in the Vision 2020 Community Needs Assessment survey.

Here at Gracik Makinney, we’re all dog lovers and thrilled that Elmhurst is making plans for pups to play and romp off leash. For more information about the many benefits of living in our city, please call us at (630) 441-5570 or reach out through our website, www.gmregroup.com.