Gate fixed at Small Dog section of Paws ‘n Play Dog Park

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A fork latch on the gate allows for easier access. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (September 24, 2019) – For many weeks, the latch on the gate to the Small Dog section of Lansing’s dog park has been broken.

The latch piece disconnected soon after the dog park opened. The broken piece has been positioned atop the gate, leaving the gate to swing loose. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Because of the arrangement of the Paws ‘N Play entry, dogs could still gain entry to the “foyer” of the park, which also houses a leash post, bag station, and drinking fountain. This area allows owners to bring their dogs inside the park and unleash them before accessing either the Small Dog area or the Large Dog area. So although the Small Dog latch was broken, dogs were never in danger of escaping the park.

Lan-Oak Park District tried having the broken latch fixed, but the repair was short-lived. Last week the latches to both the Small Dog and the Large Dog areas were replaced with a more traditional fork-style latch.

A fork latch on the gate allows for easier access. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

The fork latch has the added benefit of allowing for one-handed operation, which can be a benefit to dog owners who bring in toys and water bowls with their pets.

The latch on the gate to the Large Dog area was also replaced with a fork-style latch. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

Paws ‘n Play Dog Park is located within Bock Park, at 17551 Chicago Avenue in Lansing, Illinois. Membership information is available at the Eisenhower Fitness Center or via an online PDF.