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Fetch a 2023 Forest Preserve dog park permit

(Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock)

Get ready to unleash some fur baby fun with a 2023 Forest Preserve District dog park permit.

Permits go on sale Nov. 1 and are good for the remainder of 2022 and all of 2023.

You can fetch a permit in person at Four Rivers Environmental Education Center in Channahon, Hidden Oaks Nature Center in Bolingbrook, 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 to make sure the site is open before heading out the door. 

Permits also can be purchased online. To buy a permit by mail, send a Dog Park Permit Application with payment to Sugar Creek Administration Center. 

The passes are good at all six Forest Preserve District dog parks located in:

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.

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. Daily passes are $5 for up to three dogs, but they must be purchased in person at a visitor center. 

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. 

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  option 9, for nonemergency assistance from Forest Preserve police should a dog park incident occur.

The use of dog parks entails certain risks and the Forest Preserve District is not liable for any injury or loss.

For more information, visit the Dog Parks page.


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