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.
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