Park Forest Bark District Opens Saturday


Volunteers help create a wood chip path to the Park Forest Bark District. (Photo: VOPF)

Park Forest, IL–(ENEWSPF)– The dog days of summer have arrived. Saturday is the official opening of the Park Forest Bark District.

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the Bark District is scheduled for this Saturday, June 27, at 1:00 p.m. Festivities will include treats for humans and canines.

The Park Forest Bark District is located along the west leg of Winnebago Park at Wildwood Drive. Village staff have been busy preparing for the big opening day events, and volunteers even pitched in to help spread wood chips to create a path to the park from Wildwood.

According to the Village of Park Forest Web site, the Bark District is "a place where humans and their canine companions can go to run, relax and socialize with other dogs." The winning entry of the "Name the Park Forest Dog Park Contest" was submitted by Ms. Du Shon Brown, a resident of Park Forest for ten years, and a huge supporter of our furry friends, the Web site reports.


The Park Forest Bark District. (Photo: ENEWSPF)

The park is located at Winnebago Park, at the intersection of 218th Street and Wildwood Dr. The Park Forest Bark District is 3.5 acres, divided into two sections, with 5-foot high fencing. One must have their key card to enter the park. Plans call for the park to feature benches, drinking fountains, bags, waste receptacles and shade for yourself and your dog to utilize.

Hours are from sunrise to sunset. Sleeping dogs have to lie sometime. The park may be closed periodically to allow turf to recover, especially after heavy rain or wintertime use. Owners are legally responsible for their dogs and any injuries or damage caused by their dogs.

Annual permit fees:

  • $30/resident
  • $40/non-resident
  • Replacement card $10

All registered dogs must maintain all required vaccinations or preventatives:

  • Rabies
  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Parvo
  • Bordatella
  • Para influenza
  • Heartworm
  • Preventative Examination for communicable diseases

Owners are legally responsible for their dogs and any injuries or damage caused by their dogs.

For more information contact Park Forest Recreation & Parks Department at (708)748-2005 or email [email protected]. Click here to download an informational brochure.

Interested in joining? Click here for an application.

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Source: VOPF.COM