Board looks at dog park

The Village of St. Joseph is examining the requirements of placing a dog park somewhere within the village.

Suzanne Rogers presented a proposal to the board asking them to consider placing a dog park within the village.

Rogers said she was motivated by posts on social media asking about dog parks closer than Champaign and Urbana.

Rogers said many village residents visit dog parks run by Champaign and Urbana.

The Champaign Dog Park is at the southeast corner of Windsor and Rising Road.  Non-residents pay $57 a year to use the park and each additional dog costs $6.  Dogs must be vaccinated and have a dog park ID tag.  The park is seven acres, Rogers said.

Rogers said Champaign has multiple rules for their parks including having the owners assume the full risk of injuries, damages one loss connected to use of the park, owners are responsible for the actions of the dogs, dogs must be under the control and in view of their owner at all times, dogs that exhibit vicious behavior must be removed from the park and owners must pick up their dogs waste.

The Urbana Dog Park is located at Perkins Road and has 10 acres devoted to the dog park, Rogers said.

In Urbana non-residents also pay $57 and each additional dog is $6.

The park is monitored by Urbana Park District staff members.

Dogs must be vaccinated before using the Urbana Park and follow rules similar to those in Champaign.

Rogers said she thought it would beneficial to the village if residents had a space they could use in town to exercise their dogs.

"Two acres would be nice," she said. "It would allow the dogs to run around."

Rogers said she thought placing the park at the Sports Complex would make the most sense.

Trustee Tami Fruhling-Voges asked Rogers if she thought those interested would be willing to fundraise for the project.

Rogers said she thought if a committee was formed and people actually volunteered it was a doable project.

Mayor B.J. Hackler said the board would need to discuss the costs of the project and where the project would be located before deciding if it was even doable for the village.

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