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‘Diamond dogs’ in Orland?

Dog parks planned for Orland Park could have a baseball theme, with residents paying an annual membership fee to exercise their pets.

On Monday, a village board committee will consider recommendations from the village’s parks and recreation department for an overall theme for the parks, which will be located next to Lake Sedgewick at Centennial Park , 15600 West Ave. Work on the parks is expected to get under way this spring, and the facility could be ready by late spring or early summer.

Spread over three acres, there will be separate parks for large and small dogs, and the parks would be fenced, provide pets access to drinking water and shade, and contain agility equipment and benches, according to the village. A pet wash area is also planned.

Orland Park and Orland Township are sharing the cost of building the parks, projected to be about $200,000.

The village’s parks department is recommending that the baseball theme the village has established at Centennial — most recently with the Kevin Hertz Memorial Playground — be carried over to the dog park area, which would be called “Dogout.” Scoreboard-like signs reading “Play Ball!” and “On Deck Circle” could be part of the design, according to the parks department’s recommendations.

The department is suggesting that Orland Park and Orland Township residents pay an annual membership fee of $25 per dog — $10 for each additional pet — while nonresidents be charged $50 a year and $20 for additional dogs. The department said charging a membership fee is common practice at dog parks, and that the proposed fees for the Orland Park facility are “significantly lower” compared with other area dog parks.

“Implementing a ‘membership’ registers the dog to better regulate immunizations, determine who is using the park, and gives the members a sense of ownership and responsibility,” the department said in its recommendation to trustees.

Should trustees back the department’s proposals, they could be voted on by the full village board later this month.

For the design and layout of the pet parks, the village has hired Brusseau Design Group, a Hoffman Estates-based company that has, locally, worked with park districts in Alsip, Hickory Hills, Oak Forest and Olympia Fields.



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