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Lions Club cuts ribbon on dog park this month

The Hardscrabble Lions Dog Park in Streator, at the corner of James and Illinois streets, will conduct an opening ceremony next week.
The Hardscrabble Lions Dog Park in Streator, at the corner of James and Illinois streets, will conduct an opening ceremony next week.

Streator’s new dog park will ceremonially open later this month.

The Streator Hardscrabble Lions Club will host a ribbon-cutting event for the new dog park at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at 820 James St., at the corner of Illinois and James streets.

The public ribbon cutting will be conducted by the Streator Area Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Light refreshments will be provided. Dog treats also will be available for special guests. ​

The Hardscrabble Lions began negotiations with the city in 2016 for the dog park and raised more than $24,000 to fund the project. The 20,000-square-foot park is divided into two sections, with one for large dogs and the other for small dogs. The large dog section of the park opened at the end of last year and the small dog section opened in spring.

The park also features a large shelter, two picnic tables between the sections, four benches, a three-tiered water fountain and four mutt mitt stations for collecting waste. Eight trees also have been planted. The park is open from dawn till dusk and park rules are mounted on the front entrance.

The dog park was a legacy project of the Hardscrabble Lions Club for the city of Streator and commemorates 100 years of service by Lions Clubs International, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2017.

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