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.
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.
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.
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.