Herald-Whig

South Park dog park put on hold

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jul. 11, 2019 12:01 am

QUINCY -- Discussions will continue on establishing a dog park in a Quincy park, but it's unlikely South Park will be in future talks.

The Quincy Park Board tabled indefinitely the South Park dog park proposal Wednesday night to allow for discussion at the upcoming board retreat to discuss alternate locations.

The proposal would have fenced off a 34,000-square-foot area on the northwest side of the park. The district's annual capital bond included $75,000 for dog park construction.

Bill Connell, athletic director and dean of students at Quincy Notre Dame High School, asked the board to consider a different location.

He mentioned the large events the school's cross country teams put on annually that include South Park, as well as other events in the park.

"I think about the premier parks in Quincy -- South Park, Washington Park," Connell said. "Isn't there a better location possibly for this park?"

Connell was one of four speakers opposing a South Park dog park.

Lynn Fischer asked the Park Board to consider another location and not one of the busiest parks in the district.

She also believed that the space suggested wouldn't be large enough to allow many dogs to go off leash.

Park District staff originally looked at Johnson Park off Harrison, but it heard opposition from neighboring residents. This is when South Park was added for consideration.

"I completely agree with the people who spoken, that I'm not in favor of that specific location," said Commissioner Bob Gough, who made the motion. "I'm not ruling out South Park in its entirety personally, but I would still like the board to possibly give some suggestions and kick around with staff some other possibilities.

Park Board President John Frankenhoff believed that the proposed location is inappropriate for a dog park.

"I'm open to another location if we can find it," he said.

In other action, commissioners heard that the city is requesting that the Park Board provide a resolution of support to extend the life of the city's West Tax Increment Finance district, which encompasses a 42-block are between the Mississippi River and Fifth Street, from Broadway to Delaware. Established Dec. 29, 1998, it is set to expire at the end of 2012. State legislation is required to extend the term of the TIF another 12 years.