Harold Washington Park advisory council forming

Staff Writer

The Harold Washington Park Advisory Council held its inaugural meeting Monday night, July 7, at the Del Prado building, 5307 S. Hyde Park Blvd.

While not enough volunteers arrived to elect an advisory board, Timika Hoffman-Zoller said she hopes to see more neighbors at the next meeting.

The committee discussed the possibility of creating a space within the park where dogs can play off-leash, screening movies in the park, model boat exhibitions and presenting Shakespeare in the park.

“The problem with the dog park is it costs a lot of money, you have to have a lot of space and a lot of dedicated people to maintain it,” Hoffman-Zoller said. The committee would like to form a subcommittee that would explore building a dog park or dog run, a smaller fenced-in area, potentially near Regents Park, 5050 S. Lake Shore Dr.

A dog park as defined by the City of Chicago is a regulated and expensive endeavor that needs to fit within certain boundaries and have concrete, water and a unpaved areas.

Hoffman-Zoller said she would like to see more community members who use the park attend the next meeting at 7 p.m. August 4. For more information, contact Hoffman-Zoller at zollerfamily@gmail.com or 773-454-0499.