Make the prices more affordable for McHenry city residents and non-residents.

Make the prices more affordable for McHenry city residents and non-residents.

    1. Kristen Thompson
    2. Petition by

      Kristen Thompson

      Johnsburg, IL

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. 

Make the prices more affordable for McHenry city residents and non-residents.

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Recent signatures


    1. City Council Meeting

      Kristen Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      I presented this petition today at the city council meeting. I hope I swayed them at least a little bit to look at their pricing structure. There was a veterinarian there (Dr. Mary Bishop) who wants to add sponsorships from local pet businesses to defray costs for members. Sounds like a great idea! Thanks again to all of the people who have signed this. I will update if I hear anything else!

    2. Update on Petition

      Kristen Thompson
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to everyone for signing the petition! I wanted to let you know that I was contacted by the Northwest Herald and there should be an article in the paper on Friday. Also, I plan to attend the City Council meeting this Monday, October 21st at 7:30pm. It will be at the Municipal Center in McHenry on Green Street. I would love to see you there!

      Hope to see you and your dogs at the dog park soon (with more affordable prices!)


    3. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Deborah Kunkel MCHENRY, IL
      • 2 months ago

      I have a new puppy who enjoys running off leash. For his safety and for the consideration of my neighbors taking him to the dog park would be beneficial for him

    • Tammie Repp WOODSTOCK, IL
      • 7 months ago

      I will not use this park I will wait for the Bull Valley park to open and use that then.

    • Jacob Butko JOHNSBURG, IL
      • 8 months ago

      Dog parks in the city are FREE. Charging anything for this is ridiculous.

    • Bill Lovich MCHENRY, IL
      • 9 months ago

      I've waited a long time for the park to open & when it does it's 2x the price

    • Ann Macey MCHENRY, IL
      • 9 months ago

      I think the price is way to high.


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