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Parks Foundation Begins Fundraising for Oswego Dog Park

Dec 03, 2014 07:39PM ● By Steven Jack

Dogs and their owners play at the "pop-up" dog park set up at Prairie Point Park during PrarieFest. Photo courtesy of Meg Nicole

Plans for a future dog park in Oswego continue. 

The Oswegoland Park District Park and Recreation Foundation has started fundraising efforts to make the park a reality by 2016, and a quarterly newsletter is being published to update residents on the park's progress. 

The Foundation announced on its Facebook page recently donations are now being accepted through a Paypal page, and the Foundation is also raffling off a 6-foot plush dog just in time for the holidays. 

Tickets are being sold at all Park District locations and will be available at Friday night's Christmas Walk downtown and Saturday morning's Breakfast with Santa event at the District 308 Center. Tickets are $5 each, or $20 for five. The drawing will be held Dec. 15.

The Foundation also will sell personalized dog bone ornaments Friday night for $10.

"One hundred percent of the money raised from the raffle and the ornaments will go to the construction of Fido Field at Jaycee Park," said Chad Feldotto, senior park planner with the Oswegoland Park District.

The Park District has selected unused land at Jaycee Park for the future home of a much-requested dog park. Jaycee Park is located on the west side of Douglas Road between Saugutuck Road and Barnaby Drive.

Initial plans revealed to Park Board commissioners earlier this year call for a 1.3-acre small-dog area and a 2-acre large-dog area. The two fenced areas are split by the Waubonsee Creek, and a new foot bridge would need to be constructed. There is also ample room for dedicated parking, according to the plans.

As was reported in June, the Oswegoland Park & Recreation Foundation will lead the effort to fund the dog park without the use of taxpayer dollars.
Upcoming Fido Field events include a February Open House, a dog park clean up day in April and another pop-up dog park during PrairieFest in June. 

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