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2019 Dog Park Permits Now on Sale

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The Forest Preserve's 2019 dog park permits are now on sale.

Permits are good for the remainder of 2018 through December 31, 2019. They can be purchased online or in person at three District visitor centers: Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville, Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township and Sugar Creek Administration Center in Joliet. Visitor center hours vary, so check online before you make a trip to purchase a permit.

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

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.


Annual dog park permits can be purchased from November through June. Half-year dog park permits are offered for half price from July through October.

Dog park permits can be used at all five of the District’s off-leash dog parks, which are located in these five preserves: Forked Creek in Wesley Township, Hammel Woods in Shorewood, Messenger Marsh in Homer Glen, Lower Rock Run in Joliet and Whalon Lake in Naperville. A sixth dog park will be opening soon at Plum Valley Preserve in Crete Township.

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.

Dog park patrons must abide by all of the rules, including:

  • Dogs must be at least six months of age.
  • Permit holders may have no more than three dogs in the dog park at one time.
  • Dogs must display their rabies tags while inside the dog park.
  • Owners must wear their permit ID lanyards at all times while in the dog park.
  • Dogs must be leashed when entering and exiting the dog park.
  • Owners must remain with their dogs and keep their dogs under control at all times.

Also, dog feces must be removed and disposed of properly, according to the District’s General Use Regulation Ordinance No. 124. Tickets will be issued to those who don’t comply, and the maximum fine is $500.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, dog feces can contain parasites and germs that can be harmful to people. The feces also can be harmful to the environment, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Finally, dog park users should know that the use of dog parks entails certain risks and the Forest Preserve District is not liable for any injury or loss. When applying for a permit, be sure to read all of the rules and disclaimers so you are aware of what is required.


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