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Couple Raising Money To Bring Luxury Indoor Dog Park To Irving Park

Zoomies, a 20,000-square-foot dog park, will allow 24/7 access for members and have services like self-wash dog baths and a coffee bar and vows to be "completely odor-free."

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CHICAGO — A couple is trying to open a 20,000-square-foot indoor luxury dog park, but they need to raise thousands to get it across the finish line.

The founders of the proposed indoor park, called Zoomies, are trying to raise $150,000 to build out the facility. The company hopes to open in Chicago in the spring, likely in the Irving Park area, though a specific building has not been identified. People can donate to the campaign online.

The park will allow 24/7 access for members, according to a press release. Founders said it will have self-wash dog baths, as well as a coffee bar and beer taps for owners.

“Zoomies will have a play-area surfaced with dog-friendly, non-toxic grass turf with no rubber pellets. It will be completely odor-free and equipped with a state-of-the-art drainage system for cleaning and sanitation,” company officials said in a statement.

The first 500 donors to the campaign will receive lifetime access to the dog park for $499, a discount of the cost of their full-year membership, according to the news release.

If the campaign is not fully funded, donors will receive their money back and a “deeply discounted membership,” though there will be a “substantial delay in opening the park,” according to the online fundraiser page.

Once the park opens, members will be able to purchase a plan for the park for $50-$80 per month.

So far, more than $11,000 has been donated to the online campaign.

If the fundraiser is successful, the park is scheduled to open at end of the 2020. The co-founders said they hope to open the park regardless of the amount of money raised by March.

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