You may have heard there is a proposal in front of the Park District for a new Dog Beach Cafe. The Cafe would be located in the south-east corner of our parking lot in a "tasteful permanent structure" to be constructed by the Park District. The Cafe will be run by a private individual, just like other vendors in the Park. A percentage of the profits from the Cafe will go to the Park District, but will not necessarily benefit the Dog Beach directly. The effect of the Cafe on the number of parking spots in the lot is TBD. The ADA parking spots that will be displaced by the Cafe will most likely be relocated to the south-west corner of the parking lot where there is currently "unoficial" regualr parking spots.
The Cafe will be open from March to November and would sell coffee, pastries, sandwiches and snacks, dog treats, toys, etc. The vendor says he will provide picnic tables with a view of the lake, porta potties and hand sanitizer, and maybe even a doggy drinking fountain. The Vender states he is committed to keeping the Cafe area clean and ample trash and recycling containers will be provided. He is also offering to accept donations to Mondog, and to participate in our monthly clean ups and events.
To see a drawing of the proposed cafe location, click on the PDF attachments below.
What do you think? Is this a much needed connivance and a great place for coffee and a snack with your dog, or just another distraction for your dog and not something for you? Voice your opinion by participating in our 2011 Beach User Survey.
Added 3/17/11- The survey has ended, but you can still leave your comments.