News

Washington Park Dog Area Gets Public Hearing

Washington Park Dog Area Gets Public Hearing

Photo: Newsradio WTAX

It was standing room only as nearly 100 people attended a public hearing about the proposed dog area in Washington Park.

The Springfield Park District Board mainly listened and took notes.  The family of Dr. David Hoelzer, a driving force behind the idea, was in attendance despite the sudden death of Hoelzer late last month.

Bill Hoelzer, one his sons, says the family is still willing to provide much of the seed money if the dog park is approved.

“It really comes from the fact that we lived next to the park for more 28 years and its that deep  love of place.  My dad was here first thing in the morning and then before he went to bed walking the golden retreivers.  He just felt that love swell up in his heart” says Hoelzer

The Hoelzer family is willing to provide up to half the $100-thousand cost to build the facility. About two dozen made public remarks, many of them nearby residents, most of them saying they are not anti-dog, they just don’t want the dog area to be located at Washington Park.

The park board didn’t indicate when it might vote on the proposal.

Recent Headlines

1 hour ago in Local

Bomb Threat Unfounded at Butler Elementary School

Fresh
Butler Elementary School

Butler Elementary School is back to normal after a bomb threat caused it to be evacuated for a short time Wednesday.

1 hour ago in Local

AP NewsBreak: Rauner Board Asked Builders to Lobby Lawmakers

Fresh
Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

Good-government advocates are criticizing the head of an agency managing state construction projects for asking builders to lobby lawmakers to restore funding.

2 hours ago in Local

House Fails to Override Labor Arbitration Veto

Fresh
5-18-16 Rally 1

The labor arbitration bill remains dead.

2 hours ago in Local

Another Leaders Meeting, Optimism Dissolving

capitol_north

The last days of session are a flurry of activity, if not progress.

3 hours ago in Local

Lawmakers Discuss Gun Ownership and Mental Health

Updated
gun

Illinois lawmakers have approved a measure designed to prevent people with mental disabilities from owning guns.