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September 20, 2014, 7:00 am
970 WMAY News

Proposed Washington Park Dog Park Discussed at Public Hearing

The family of a recently-deceased Springfield doctor says it will continue trying to fulfill his dream of building a dog park within Washington Park.


Dr. David Hoelzer had pledged to put up as much as half of the $100,000 in private donations that would be needed for the project. But he died unexpectedly late last month.


A public meeting on the proposal drew both supporters and opponents. Those against the idea say it would disrupt Washington Park, causing more noise, waste and congestion.


But supporters say it would enhance the park and make it even more of a destination. The park board won’t vote on the project until fundraising pledges are secured.

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