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2022 Dog Park Permits Now on Sale

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Gear up for another year of canine cavorting at the Forest Preserve District’s six off-leash dog parks by buying a 2022 dog park permit.

2022 permits are now on sale both online and at Sugar Creek Administration Center in Joliet. Sugar Creek is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. (All 2021 permits will expire on December 31.)

Permits also can be purchased at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon, Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville and Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township near Beecher. These visitor centers are open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays and closed Mondays. 

Permits also can be purchased by mailing a Dog Park Permit Application with payment to Sugar Creek Administration Center. 

2022 permits purchased now are good for the remainder of 2021 through December 31, 2022. 


Annual permits cost $40 for county residents and $80 for nonresidents. Additional fees are charged for multiple dogs up to a maximum of three dogs. Discounts are available for senior citizens, veterans and active duty military. For more information, visit the Dog Exercising page. 

The Forest Preserve's six dog parks are located in: 

  • Forked Creek Preserve – Ballou Road Access, Wesley Township
  • Hammel Woods – DuPage River Access, Shorewood 
  • Lower Rock Run Preserve – McClintock Road Access, Joliet 
  • Messenger Marsh, Homer Glen 
  • Plum Valley Preserve, Crete Township
  • Whalon Lake, Naperville 

Each dog park has separate enclosures for large dogs and small dogs that weigh 35 pounds or less. Small dogs are free to use the large-dog enclosures, but large dogs cannot use the small-dog enclosures.

While buying a permit, please read the rules and know what is expected of dog park permit holders and how people and their pets are expected to behave for the benefit of all. For instance, dog park permit holders must dispose of their pet's waste in the proper receptacles, and "Owners must remove their dog immediately from the dog park at the first sign of aggressive behavior."

Two phone numbers are listed on the back of all dog park passes, the Forest Preserve's main number (815.727.8700) for general questions and the District's dispatch number (815.727.6191) for nonemergency assistance from Forest Preserve police should a dog park incident occur.

Also, dog park patrons should know that the use of dog parks entails certain risks and the Forest Preserve District is not liable for any injury or loss.



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