Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

December 6, 2012

Effingham Park District adding dog park

Cathy Thoele
Effingham Daily News

EFFINGHAM —

A long-awaited dog park is among the upcoming Effingham Park District projects slated for next year.

"I'm in the process of getting bids," Director Jeff Althoff said to district board members Wednesday.

The park will be located on a 22-acre property north of Kluthe Memorial Pool, which the city of Effingham transferred to the park earlier this year.

The design of the park is still being developed. However, Althoff said after the meeting, the park will be fenced in and encompass at least an acre of the property. He tentatively plans to have trees planted around the park and a path that is ADA accessible for owners to move around with their pets. He also plans to have benches and picnic tables.

The dog park is not the only project scheduled for the property that is part of an Open Land Acquisition and Development grant.

The district also is planning two additional practice diamonds.

  "Space is limited for teens to practice," said Althoff.

A parking lot also will be added.

Althoff said the cost of the projects hasn't been determined, but he informed board members he did have cost estimates for other capital improvement projects set for the district's other parks next year.

At Community Park, projects include finishing asphalt of the parking lot and resurfacing the road through the disc golf course. At Hendelmeyer, lights on the far slow pitch diamond need to be replaced, and at Evergreen, the chemical control panel at the pool will have to be replaced.

Those projects are estimated to cost more than $374,000.

Also Wednesday, Althoff said four people had picked up packets to run for park district board. Perspective candidates now have from Dec. 17  to 26 to file petitions for the April 9 election.

Two seats are up for vacancy on the board - Dennis Carie, who intends to run for re-election and longtime board member Michael Sehy, who is not seeking re-election.

Cathy Thoele can be reached at 217-347-7050 ext. 126 or cathy.thoele@effinghamdailynews.com.