New dog park to be included in Barker Park development
SPRINGFIELD - The creation of a new dog park in Springfield Park District's new Barker Park development could be one step closer to a reality thanks to a local donor.
Karen Hoelzer has offered to work with the Springfield Park District and the community to help fund the park. Hoelzer said that she wants to "provide a safe and enjoyable place where dogs can run freely off-leash and socialize with other dogs."
The dog park would be a part of the larger Barker Park, which is comprised of 26 acres of land donated by the Barker family with the intent of developing the land into a park.