Effingham, IL – May 8, 2023, The Effingham County Chamber celebrates the opening of new businesses or locations and welcomes new Chamber members with ribbon cuttings, new member pictures, and other events and activities.

Located next to Harmony Playground in Evergreen Hollow Park, the Evergreen Bark Park excitedly celebrated the opening of the dog park and completion of Phase One on Saturday, May 6.

This beautiful one+ acre dog park will provide owners and their four-legged friends with the room to get some extra steps in and run. Owners will have the option of releasing their dogs within either a large or small dog section. Both sections will be fenced and double-gated with entry corrals, so dogs can be let off leash before entering the park. ADA accessible walkways will be provided throughout the park. A pavilion, shade structures, benches, waste stations, and human water fountains with a dog-level water bowl and spout are included on the plans for the park property. There will also be a rinsing station to clean up your canine before putting him/her in your vehicle.

Funds are still being raised to complete the project. The next phases include water fountains, benches, sidewalks, and shade structures.

More information about Evergreen Bark Park, the different planned phases, and how to donate online can be found on Facebook @EvergreenBarkPark and EffinghamParkDistrict.org/about-us/capital-projects/evergreen-bark-park/. Those interested in donating to Evergreen Bark Park can call the Southeastern Illinois Foundation at (217) 342-4988.

Pictured: Mike Behrman, Deborah Womack, Russ Runde, Brittany Sunderman, Tiffany Toney, Sasha Althoff, Joshua Douthit, Michael Wall, Tina Kasdorf, Mark Mayood, Jeff Althoff, Melissa Willenborg, and many members, human and 4-legged furry friends of the Effingham community.


About the Effingham County Chamber

Founded in 1917, the Effingham County Chamber is the county’s leading advocate and champion for business. The Chamber works to create a climate of growth and success in our community by providing leadership opportunities as well as volunteer programs and business-building initiatives that focus on the critical priorities of Effingham County businesses. By leveraging the support, talent, and resources of our members, the Effingham County Chamber is leading efforts to achieve business success and community growth.

For information on becoming a Chamber member, visit EffinghamCountyChamber.com, or contact Membership Director Becky Brown at (217) 342-4147.