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Meeting set for review of Rover’s Run operations

The Homewood-Flossmoor Park Board has scheduled a meeting for Wednesday, March 13, to review feedback from a park survey and an outline of future operations of the Rover’s Run dog park.

The session will begin at 5 p.m. at the Irwin Center, 18120 Highland Ave. in Homewood.

Park staff will assess answers to survey questions about Rover’s Run, including membership, residency, response to proposed rule changes and whether a membership fee increase would reduce usage.

Rover’s Run is a three-acre fenced in space on 191st Street east of Center Avenue in Homewood that allows dogs to run and socialize with other dogs. It has been a yearly membership program. Dog owners must present the dog’s vaccination records and pay a fee to get a fob that allows them to enter the gated Rover’s Run.

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The park district had proposed making Rover’s Run a free amenity believing that dog owners followed the rules to have their pets vaccinated and licensed as laid out by the villages of Homewood and Flossmoor. However, Rover’s Run users also come from outside the area.

At a previous park meeting, dog owners who are members said they wanted to keep it a gated area. They believe knowing others have vaccinated their pets is important. They don’t want teens or others without pets to find the space accessible, and they said paying the fee wasn’t a burden.

Correction: This story initially listed the meeting date as March 12. March 13 is the correct date.

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