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Plum Valley Preserve Access Area and Dog Park is Now Open

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The Plum Valley Preserve – Burville Road Access, which includes the Forest Preserve District’s sixth off-leash dog park, opened Friday, November 9, in Crete Township.

The access area, located at the southeast corner of Burville Road and Route 394, includes a picnic pavilion that can accommodate up to 60 people, a 9-acre dog park and a latrine. The site, which will be open daily from 8 a.m. to sunset, provides the first access area for the 455-acre Plum Valley Preserve.

Permits are required for dogs to play in all of the District’s dog parks, including Plum Valley. 2019 permits went on sale November 1 and are good for the remainder of 2018 and all of 2019. Permits can be used at any of the District’s dog parks, which are located in Homer Glen, Joliet, Naperville, Shorewood and Wesley Township near Wilmington. The dog parks are open year-round except for Christmas Day.

Plum Valley Dog Park features three enclosures: one for small dogs weighing 35 pounds or less, a second for large dogs and a third that is rotated into the mix as turf conditions require. Small dogs can go in the large-dog enclosure, but large dogs are prohibited from the small-dog enclosure for safety reasons.



The Burville Road Access area opening was delayed after a state grant was suspended in 2015 and pavement failures in the original parking lot and entrance road were detected in 2017.

“We’re excited to finally be able to open this new access point at Plum Valley Preserve,” said Ralph Schultz, the Forest Preserve’s chief operating officer. “The amenities included in the access area should bring a lot of enjoyment to the residents of eastern Will County.”

In addition to the picnic shelter and dog park, the access area also will eventually include a 1-mile section of the Plum Creek Greenway Trail. A bid was awarded for the work in September. The crushed limestone trail will extend south from the access area.

The first 3.15-mile segment of the Plum Creek Greenway Trail opened in 2012 at Goodenow Grove Nature Preserve in Crete Township. Eventually, the Forest Preserve would like to extend the trail section at Plum Valley and connect the path segments, perhaps via a street route.


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