Cicero Opens New Park, Animal Shelter

Cicero’s green spaces grew in September as town officials cut the ribbon on a new park and animal shelter at 18th and Laramie.

The Sept. 15 ceremony unveiled the new park, which includes a skateboard halfpipe, playground equipment, a sand volleyball court, a gazebo, health and exercise equipment, as well as plenty of rest areas for adults and children alike.

The new Cicero Campus Park will also house the new animal shelter, three dog parks and walking trails for families and their pets.

The new Waggin’ Tails Animal Shelter is located adjacent to the existing shelter, where it first opened in 2007 in response to a growing need for animal care.

“When Larry Dominick was elected president in 2005, one of his first acts was to expand the town’s Animal Control Department, which picked up and placed stray dogs and cats in a two-car garage,” said Town Planning Director Craig Pesek. “Within two years after President Dominick was elected, we expanded the new Animal Control Department to also include an animal shelter we called Waggin’ Tails. The purpose was to take in abandoned and unwanted animals, bring them back to full health and then make them available for adoption.”

Today, the Town operates a no-kill shelter and manages more than 100 dogs and cats at any one time and dozens of the animals are adopted each week

“What we have been able to do now is build a new building that is specifically made to care for and house the dogs and cats in an environment that encourages adoption,” President Dominick told the attendees at the ribbon cutting.

The new building is slightly larger than the existing animal shelter, about 6,500 square feet. It includes separate staging areas for new dogs and new cats that are brought into the shelter for the first time. New animals are placed in an observation room where any diseases or problems are addressed before they are put into the general population and placed for adoption.

The new shelter property will also offer a covered semi-outdoor play and exercise area for dogs that have not yet been adopted.

Pesek said Cicero Campus Park officially opened Sept. 15, but the new Waggin’ Tails building will be in full operation by Oct. 1 and open to the public on Oct. 1.

_a0a0458 _a0a0470 _a0a0477 _a0a0529 _a0a0536 _a0a0540 _a0a0547 _a0a0550 _a0a0562 _a0a0565 _a0a0589 _a0a0598 _a0a0613 _a0a0615 _a0a0616 _a0a0634 _a0a0666 _a0a0667 _a0a0668 _a0a0669 _a0a0670 _a0a0682 _a0a0704 _a0a0708 _a0a0723 _a0a0727 _a0a0729 _a0a0730 _a0a0731 _a0a0732 _a0a0733 _a0a0735 _a0a0740 _a0a0748 _a0a0773 _a0a0775 _a0a0784 _a0a0791 _a0a0798 _a0a0809 _a0a0818 _a0a0823 _a0a0841 _a0a0845 _a0a0849 _a0a0856 _a0a0860 _a0a0863 _a0a0867 _a0a0871 _a0a0881 _a0a0882 _a0a0886 _a0a0889 _a0a0890 _a0a0896 _a0a0898 _a0a0902 _a0a0909 _a0a0924 _a0a0927 _a0a0931 _a0a0940 _a0a0946 _a0a0951 _a0a0952 _a0a0953 _a0a0955 _a0a0957 _a0a0961 _a0a0964 _a0a0970 _a0a0972 _a0a0977 _a0a0981 _a0a0995 _a0a1001 _a0a1009 _a0a1022 _a0a1023 _a0a1027 _a0a1031 _a0a1036 _a0a1044 _a0a1047 _a0a1053 _a0a1063 _a0a1069 _a0a1072 _a0a1074 _a0a1077 _a0a1079 _a0a1083 _a0a1085 _a0a1090 _a0a1094 _a0a1095 _a0a1099 _a0a1105 _a0a1106 _a0a1108 _a0a1119