Leaves are falling and snow is on the way, but that doesn’t mean you have to be cooped up with your pup until spring.
Now is the time to consider buying a 2017 Forest Preserve District of Will County dog park permit so your canine companions can romp and play in an off-leash environment.
Permits go on sale November 1, and they’re good for the
remainder of this year and all of 2017.
Permits provide year round access to the District’s five dog parks located at Forked Creek Preserve – Ballou Road Access
in Wesley Township, Hammel Woods – DuPage River Access
in Shorewood, Messenger Marsh
in Homer Glen, Lower Rock Run Preserve
in Joliet and Whalon Lake
in Naperville. A sixth dog park is scheduled to open in the summer of 2017 at Plum Valley Preserve in Crete Township.
Annual permit fees to register one dog start at $40 for Will County residents and $80 for nonresidents. Senior citizens receive a $10 discount off permit prices. Discounted half-year permits go on sale July 1, 2017, and daily permits are available for $5 per dog.
Applicants may register no more than three dogs, and dogs must be six months or older. Rabies tag numbers and expiration dates are required at the time of registration. Permits are issued to adults 18 years or older with a valid driver’s license.
Permits may be purchased by downloading an application
and submitting it with payment. Permits also may be purchased in person at four visitor centers: Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville, Plum Creek Nature Center in Crete Township, Monee Reservoir in Monee Township and Sugar Creek Administration Center in Joliet.Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock