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Park Board to consider dog park locations

An aerial view of a proposed dog park in South Park distributed to Quincy Park Board members Wednesday night. Park Board commissioners visited the proposed site. | Submitted Photo
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jun. 12, 2019 12:01 am Updated: Jun. 12, 2019 11:20 pm

QUINCY -- The Quincy Park Board visited a spot on the northeast side of South Park where a dog park could be placed.

The almost 34,000-square-foot area would be surrounded by fence and split in half to allow for a large- and small-dog areas. The Park District's annual capital bond included $75,000 earmarked for dog park construction.

However, commissioners agreed Wednesday night that more research and input was needed.

Park Board President John Frankenhoff said Wednesday's field trip was an opportunity to see the possible site and that a final decision is not imminent.

"No decisions will be made tonight, but that has been one of the sites that has been talked about in the past," Frankenhoff said.

Terry Traeder, organizer of the Grand Prix of Racing, cautioned the Park Board about placing a dog park at the South Park location, which is near the course's finish line where the VIP area is set up.

"I don't know where I would go with that kind of thing (the VIP area) because that's the best spot in the park for watching it," Traeder said.

He suggested the Park Board consider a different park.

Traeder also thanked the Park District for its support of the Grand Prix, which brought thousands of spectators out to South Park last weekend.

"I appreciate everything and hope that you guys are happy that the event is going on, and I think it's good for Quincy," he said. "We'll continue on next year and continue making it bigger and better."

Sally Westerhoff, executive director of the Quincy Humane Society, which operates a dog park at its facility on North 36th, believed that another dog park was needed and would be used if in the right location. She suggested the Park District identify a couple locations and present them to the public for input.

Westerhoff threw out Lincoln Park or All America Park as possible options.

"There seems to be adequate parking over there and a lot of shade, and I just think something down here on the riverfront would be a beautiful location for it," Westerhoff said. "I think the other part is it provides oversight from your headquarters here if there are issues that need to be addressed."

In other news, the Park Board approved a $9,150 change order to the resurfacing work at Lorenzo Bull Park after the contractor Diamond Construction found some of the subsurface was unstable. The total cost for the project is now $46,480.

Commissioners also agreed to reject bids to resurface Lenane Park after they that another project be pursued at its April meeting. In May, the Park Board agreed to parking lot improvements for Moorman Park's tennis, pickleball and volleyball courts.