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Dog Exercising

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Pet Owners: Information About Leptospirosis

The Forest Preserve District would like to make you aware of a serious disease, Leptospirosis, which can affect dog owners and their pets.

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The Forest Preserve District of Will County has six dog parks throughout the county. All parks provide fenced areas that allow dogs to run and play without a leash. Visiting our dog parks is the perfect way to give your dog the exercise and socialization that it needs. A permit is required to enter the dog parks. Once a permit is obtained, you and your dog will have access to all six parks. Each park, except Hammel Woods, includes separate areas for small dogs (under 35 lbs.) and large dogs.

The District offers dog parks at the following Will County forest preserve locations:

Get a Dog Park Permit

Permits may be purchased at these visitor centers:

  • Sugar Creek Administration Center, Joliet
  • Isle a la Cache Museum, Romeoville 
  • Monee Reservoir, Monee Township
  • Plum Creek Nature Center, Crete Township

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

  • Annual permits are on sale November-June.
  • Half-year permits are on sale July-October.
  • Permits are valid until December 31.  

Dog owners can purchase a dog park permit for up to three dogs. A current rabies tag number and expiration date must be provided in order to purchase a dog park permit. Dogs must be at least six months of age to use the dog parks.

Dog Park Permit Fees

Annual Permit

Will County Resident: $40
Nonresident: $80
(Beginning in July, permits are reduced to half price.)

Additional Dogs

Will County Resident: $20/dog
Nonresident: $30/dog

Senior Discount: $10 off/permit
Daily Passes: $5

Dog Park Rules and Regulations

The following rules and regulations must be abided by while inside the dog parks. Please also read General Use Ordinance No. 124 for a full list of Forest Preserve District of Will County rules and laws. 

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