When was Puptown built? How large is it? The dog park was established in 2000. It's about a 1/3 acre.
Does the City of Chicago fund Puptown? Puptown does not receive financial support from the city. The park is maintained and financed by the Puptown Dog Owners Group (P-DOG), a nonprofit membership association comprised of park patrons, neighbors and friends.
What kind of surface does Puptown have? How much maintenance does it require? Asphalt and gravel. Asphalt is swept and washed down with 10% bleach solution, gravel raked and poop bag dispensers filled monthly during warm months (poop bags are filled year round).
How often is Puptown cleaned? As needed, but the first or second Saturday of the month (depending on volunteer availability - signs will be posted the Wednesday prior to a cleaning Saturday). Volunteers clean the surfaces and rake the gravel. Dogs are allowed in the park during this time.
How often is Puptown cleaned during the winter months? There are no scheduled cleanings during the winter, but volunteers continue to help out as needed: shoveling the entrance walk, spreading de-icer, and breaking up the ice over the drains.
What about other park purchases (water bowls, toys, etc.)? We are fortunate that park-goers often donate these items. Bring your extras!
Are there any fundraising events or ways I can contribute to Puptown?
Puptown Howl-O-Ween Parade and Party, held every October, is our biggest fundraising event.
Pick up litter; in addition to picking up after your own dog, if everyone picked up a second dropping and visible trash, the park would be spotless.
Spread the word; tell other people at the park about how we are organized and how they can help.
Talk to folks who may not know about dog park safety and etiquette; everyone should be familiar with park rules and general safety guidelines.
Volunteer; try to commit a few hours a month, or sign up to help out as needed with events or cleanings. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for job descriptions.