South Side Chicago is now home to a park, thanks to one pet owner named Todd Agosto. Having two dogs, a German shepherd named Charlie and Pit Bull named Noah, Todd devoted much of his time and money to develop a thriving dog park because of the lack of it in his area.
Jackson Park, near the Woodland community area, had several abandoned tennis courts which made it an ideal place to develop a park especially for dogs. His idea, as reported by Good News Network “came out of pocket, but with over 90% of the materials being salvaged from leftover construction projects in the surrounding neighborhood.”
Having been developed by a private citizen, the dog park, called “Jackson Bark”, is not recognized by the district and may be facing legal issues in the future. The place though is a safe haven for dogs to play and mingle with other canine friends.
Constructed from salvaged materials, the dog park has an amazing array of obstacles and toys making it a great sanctuary for any dog and dog lovers alike. The place is also tremendously clean and provides clean-up bags and water in case a dog owner forgets to bring one.
Jackson Bark is also fully fenced in case a dog runs off the leash with two sections separated by gates. One part of the park has an obstacle course and toys while the other half is ideal for dogs that prefer to be alone and with less interaction from other canines.
The dog park may face some legal issues in the future as there are talks of the park district trying to reclaim the area. Good New Network reported that the “Chicago Parks Department is discussing the possibility of demolishing the tennis courts in order to build a public golf course that was designed by Tiger Woods.”
While the decision to either demolish or preserve the dog park is left to the city government, dogs and dog lovers can still visit the place between 8am to 11pm and enjoy equipment for free.
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