The family of a recently-deceased Springfield doctor plans to press ahead with fundraising for a proposed dog park at Washington Park, following a public meeting that appeared evenly split between supporters and opponents of the project.
Around 100 people turned out at the park's botanical gardens Tuesday night to offer their views on the privately-funded $100,000 proposal. Opponents expressed concern that the project would add to noise and congestion in the park and interfere with other features of the park.
But supporters say it would enhance use and enjoyment of Washington Park. Dr. David Hoelzer had been a leading benefactor of the project before his unexpected death last month, and his family says they will keep trying to raise the necessary funds before a final Park Board vote on the plan.