Dog park plans advance in Tinley Park
By Mike Nolan firstname.lastname@example.org August 23, 2013 8:26PM
Updated: September 26, 2013 6:20AM
Plans for a dog park in Tinley Park are advancing now that village trustees have approved ordinances pertaining to the project.
The Tinley Park Park District will build the park on more than seven acres at the southern end of 84th Avenue, south of Nielsen Drive and north of the Rock Island Line tracks.
The district hopes to start preliminary work on the dog park, such as excavating and seeding, this fall, with an anticipated opening next summer, according to Brian Younker, park district board president.
The park will feature three dog runs, shelters, access to drinking water, a walking path circling the property and a 31-space parking lot. Separate areas within the park will be created for large dogs and small dogs.
Among the actions taken Tuesday night by the village board were the granting of a special use zoning permit for the park and amending the original annexation agreement with Orchard Hill Development Co./Gallagher & Henry Construction, the developer of the adjacent Radcliffe Place subdivision.
Under the terms of that 1995 agreement, Orchard Hill designated property that would ultimately be donated to the park district. Originally, a public park was planned for a site next to 179th Street and the ComEd right-of-way, which runs parallel to and east of 84th Avenue.
Relocating it to the southwest, closer to the railroad tracks and the wetlands that abut the tracks to the north, will allow for a bigger park and move it farther from homes, whose occupants might be bothered by the noise from a dog park, Amy Connolly, the village’s planning director, said.
Younker said the district annually surveys residents on what recreational offerings they’d like to see, and a dog park “has been one of the top requests for at least five years.”
In other matters at the village board meeting, as part of a reorganization of Tinley Park’s public safety operations, trustees established the position of deputy police chief and gave that title to the two police commanders.
Patrick McCain, who has been with the police department since 1987 and a commander since 2007, will oversee patrol and investigations. Steven Vaccaro, who has been on the force since 1990 and a commander since 2007, will supervise administrative operations.
Previously, the village had four commanders, but due to budget constraints two of the posts weren’t filled after retirements. The village said the commander positions held by McCain and Vaccaro will not be filled.
Also as part of the reorganization, emergency management and 911 dispatch operations are being merged, and trustees approved Patrick Carr as director of emergency management and communications. Carr has been emergency management director since 2005 and interim director of the 911 center since February 2012.