IRVING PARK — Horner Park’s dog park committee is canceling its Doggie Egg Hunt again this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and is replacing it with a pizza with your pup fundraiser in partnership with Lou Malnati’s.
The fundraiser is on April 28 and neighbors should use the code “FUNDHDP21” when they order pizza from Lou Malnati’s locations at 4340 N. Lincoln Ave., 958 W. Wrightwood Ave. and 3986 N. Avondale Ave.
Lou Malnati’s will donate 20 percent of its total sales based on pre-tax purchase and excluding alcohol from every order received for dine-in, carryout or delivery within the zone of those three locations, according to Corinne Fleming, a committee volunteer who organized the fundraiser.
“It’s a really good opportunity to help the dog park and get some pizza,” Fleming said.
The dog park at Horner Park has been in the works since 2013, when neighbors reached out to the Horner Park Advisory Council expressing interest in a dog-friendly area inside the park.
The latest phase of construction began in November and is expected to cost about $200,000.
Last week, crews poured concrete and installed new benches ahead of laying out the pavers and installing hydrants, according to Erica Beutler, chair of the council’s dog park committee.
Fencing destroyed in the August derecho is also set to be repaired which which could mean the park will be open to the public again by the end of April, she said.
“Please note that this phase does not include the turf or other landscaping. We are still fundraising for that portion of the project,” Beutler said in an email.
Beutler is also asking anyone interested in joining the dog park committee or in spearheading a fundraiser to reach out via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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