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While visiting a dog park in Kentucky, Patty Bateman recognized how a facility in southern Illinois could help bring the community together while providing dogs with much-needed opportunities for socialization and exercise. It took five years of fundraising, but thanks to Bateman's efforts, Murphysboro has the first dog park in southern Illinois. The Friends of Murphysboro Dog Park is located on the west side of Riverside Park in Murphysboro, Illinois..
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