New plan coming for Wabash dog park
Public meeting next Wednesday at 1st District police station
04/20/2011 10:00 PM
Plans for the new park slated for 16th Street and Wabash Avenue in the South Loop are getting finalized, and the Chicago Park District will present them with Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) next Wednesday.
The new plan, drawn up by landscape architecture firm Altamanu, will be a curvy design featuring a “dog friendly area” as well as a stage.
Ald. Fioretti recently submitted a request to the park district to name the park “Fred Anderson Park,” after the South Loop jazz legend, who nurtured the music scene in the neighborhood for decades.
Fioretti’s parks liaison, Leslie Recht, said the stage will be key to honoring Anderson’s legacy.
“It’ll be something that could accommodate a little jazz, a little performance area,” Recht said.
The curvy overall layout was chosen so it would be visually appealing looking down into the park, as well as at ground level, Recht said.
“We wanted to do something very creative looking down from above, Recht said.
While the stage and walking path through the park will be for pedestrians, the dog park will take up most of the space.
“There will be a clear delineation between the dog friendly area and the area with the people,” Recht said.
It should have an area for smaller dogs divided from one for larger dogs, she said.
By adding a new dog park in the ward, Recht said the hope is that it’ll help with some of the dog complaints the office gets.
“We’re hoping we can have a really nice place the dogs can come and do the things they need to do, and hopefully it’ll reduce a lot of the issues that people have been seeing in the neighborhood.”
Altamanu declined to comment on the park’s plan.
The meeting unveiling the updated plan will be held April 27 (7 p.m.) at the 1st District police station, 1718 S. State St. It will be open to the public.