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Half-price dog park permits now on sale

(Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock)

Discounted permits for the Forest Preserve District's six dog parks go on sale Friday, July 1.

The permits are half price and good for the remainder of 2022.

The half-year permits decrease from $40 to $20 for Will County residents and from $80 to $40 for nonresidents. Seniors, veterans and active duty military get a $10 discount, so half-year passes are only $10 for residents and $30 for nonresidents. (Multiple discounts cannot be applied.)

Daily permit fees remain the same at $5 per dog, and the fees for each additional dog ($20 for residents, $30 for nonresidents) also remain the same. Each dog park permit holder is allowed a maximum of three dogs.

Half-year permits can be purchased online or at one of four Forest Preserve visitor centers:

Permits also can be purchased through the mail by downloading the online dog park permit application. (Please note, all Forest Preserve District visitor centers will be closed Monday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday). 

Dog park permits are required for entry into the Forest Preserve's six off-leash dog parks located in: Forked Creek Preserve – Ballou Road Access, Wilmington; Hammel Woods – DuPage River Access, Shorewood; Lower Rock Run Preserve – McClintock Road Access, Joliet; Messenger Marsh, Homer Glen; Plum Valley Preserve – Ballou Road Access, Crete Township; and Whalon Lake, Naperville.

A current rabies tag number and expiration date must be provided in order to purchase a dog park permit. Dogs must be six months of age to use the dog parks. For additional dog park rules, visit the dog park page.


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