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McHenry dog park's opening delayed

McHENRY – McHenry dogs will have to wait a bit longer for their park.

City staff had hoped to have the new dog park open by now, but the grass did not establish as planned, so the 4-acre park was reseeded, Deputy City Administrator Bill Hobson said.

A date hasn’t been set for the opening, but the park – located off Route 31 on an Illinois Department of Transportation right of way – has received a name, according to a news release.

McBark Park, submitted by Sharon Gugala and Patricia Cychner, was chosen from the 150-plus entries proposed as part of the “Name the Dog Park” contest. Besides naming rights, Gugala and Cychner also received a one-year pass to the park.

The park includes off-leash running areas for dogs, 3.7 acres for large dogs and about 0.3 acres for small dogs, as well as an area for shade and a water fountain.

On-site parking was provided through an agreement with Kohl’s. Users can park north of the store in its parking lot in the McHenry Town Center, 2450 N. Richmond Road.

It will be open from 7 a.m. to dusk year-round.

To use the park, dog owners will need to buy an annual pass.

The cost is $75 a year for residents and $125 a year for nonresidents. Rates will be pro-rated once the opening date is set.

Dog owners will need to submit proof of residency to get the resident rate, proof of the pet’s age or rescue date and proof of rabies and distemper vaccinations from a veterinarian’s office and the pet’s county tag number.

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