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Winnetka Dog Owners Fight Plan To Eliminate Popular Dog Beach At Centennial Park

WINNETKA, Ill. (CBS) -- In what amounts to a real dog fight on the North Shore, pet owners are battling to keep a beloved dog beach in Winnetka from shutting down.

Centennial Beach in Winnetka is a popular pooch paradise right now. But residents say the local park district is planning to combine the beach with another to create one big human-only beach.

One dog owner, Randy Whitchurch, is spearheading a campaign to save the dog beach.

He spoke out at a Winnetka Park District board meeting Thursday night, but said commissioners wouldn't throw him a bone.

"We were pretty well smacked down tonight in the meeting, because the plan is the plan," Whitchurch said, "and they put a lot of work into it – very much to their credit – but they don't want to change the plan at this point."

One proposed solution would be to set specific hours just for dogs to swim.

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