There is a particularly high number of dog owners in the neighborhoods surrounding Smith Park, including Ukrainian Village, West Town, East Garfield Park and Humbolt Park. The majority of dog parks in the Chicago are on the North East side of the City. Wicker Park is only dog park west of the Kennedy Expressway in the entire city and is already overwhelmed by the number of dogs that live in the immediate neighborhood.
I think the residents of Ukrainian Village, West Town, East Garfield Park, and Humbolt Park deserve the advantages that dog parks provide to them and their dogs.
A short list of the advantages of having dog parks:
-Excellent source of dog-dog social interaction
- Excellent source of dog-people social interaction
-Excellent source of people-people social interaction
-Dog-oriented people can meet and interact
-Excellent source of off-leash exercise for active dogs
-Dog parks allow dogs to get adequate physical and mental exercise, thereby lessening destructive and annoying behaviors in general which can benefit society as a whole
-Good opportunity for owners to learn about dogs through observation and provides the opportunity to learn from more experienced owners
-Opportunity for well-mannered-dog advocates to demonstrate how they turned their dog into a well-mannered dog
-Dog parks which are designed for dogs only, lessen the chance of owners letting their dogs off-leash in on-leash parks
-No cars, rollerbladers, skateboarders, bikes, etc. likely to be encountered
-More likely to encounter people who enjoy dogs
-Could provide location for community dog activities