On September 3, 2013, the McHenry Parks and recreation Department opened McBark Park; a dog park located on Route 31 just north of Kohl's. This facility is a much-needed addition to the area, and provides a fun place for dog owners to bring their dogs for socialization and exercise.
However, both McHenry residents and non-residents feel that the yearly admission fee is cost-prohibitive. The pricing ($75 resident/$125 non-resident) is not in line with other local dog park options. The price does not reflect a good value for what amenities are offered at the park. The Crystal Lake dog park is $30/year for residents, and $45/year for non-residents. The Lake in the Hills dog park is $45/year for residents and $60/year for non residents. McHenry's pricing is more expensive than any of the dog parks in the area.
There are also no daily entry fees available to dog owners who prefer to "pay as you go." A reasonable fee would encourage new dog park users to try out the facility and see if a membership would make sense for them.
This new facility will not be utilized to its potential until the pricing is brought in-line with other local options.
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