CARBONDALE — Carbondale’s first public dog park will be located in Parrish Park, the Park District Board of Commissioners determined at a meeting Monday night.
For the future home of the project, the board was considering Hickory Lodge, a property at 1115 W. Sycamore Street that houses the Park District’s main office, and Parrish Park, which is located at 2500 W. Sunset Drive.
Friends of Carbondale Dog Parks, a citizen-led group overseeing design and development of the park, favored the Hickory Lodge site, claiming it would be easier and less expensive to develop.
Jane Adams, president of Friends of Carbondale Dog Parks, said the park will be located in the field north of the LIFE Community Center, although the exact location has not yet been determined.
“We’re disappointed that they didn’t select the field east of Hickory Lodge, but glad we finally have a green light to move forward,” Adams said in an email.
Reached by phone on Tuesday, Kathy Renfro, executive director of the Carbondale Park District, said the board felt that Parrish was the better location because the project wouldn’t impact any residential properties at that site.
“The neighbors at Parrish were very supportive of it,” Renfro said.
She said both sites offered ample parking, good turf and good accessibility.
“We’re excited. … We’re just so glad to have site selected so we can start moving forward with the project,” Renfro said.
Friends of Carbondale Dog Parks will convene Wednesday evening to settle on the next steps for the project, Adams said. The group intends to apply for grants and to conduct local fundraising.