Calling All Dogs!
While dogs are allowed in all Oak Park parks while under the control of their owner on a leash no longer than eight feet, the Park District of Oak Park also gives your tail wagging companions a place they can call their own and run off leash. Currently, the Park District operates dog parks at two locations:
Maple Park Dog Park
Located in Maple Park at the corner of Maple and Lexington, the Maple Park Dog is a dedicated off-leash site that covers approximately 12,000 square feet. The park features a crushed granite surface, benches, canine water fountain and an electronic entry system. The dog park is open daily to permitted users from sunrise to sunset.
RCRC (Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex) Dog Park
HOURS: Daily, sunrise to 10pm
Centrally located just south of Lake St. and Scoville Ave., our new RCRC dog park covers about 11,000 square feet and features a crushed granite surface, benches, electronic entry system, and water fountains for dogs AND humans! Dog park permit required for access.
Obtaining a Dog Park Pass
Dog Park Passes are available for Oak Park Residents as well as for non-residents. Passes must be purchased/renewed in-person at a registration location during Customer Service open hours.
Passes are good for one year from date of purchase!
Pricing is as follows: 1st dog $45 Resident, $67 Non-Resident, each additional dog is $5 Resident, $8 Non-Resident, with a limit of three dogs per household (in keeping with Village restrictions on dog ownership). Additionally, a refundable deposit of $10 is also due for new permit holders for the gate access card.
Owners must first register their dogs with the Village of Oak Park if resident or with the town where the pass-holder resides. When renewing or obtaining a new pass, owners must:
Bring in each dog's valid village dog license tag indicating the license number.
If renewing, bring in your current access key card to ensure card is active.
Provide proof of current vaccinations for rabies, distemper, kennel cough/bordetella, para-influenza and parvovirus.
Lastly, proof must be provided of a negative fecal test for intestinal parasites within the last year at the time of registration.
A key card access system is in place for the dog parks. All members are required to bring and use their card to gain access to the facilities and follow all dog park rules. Do not open gates for individuals who do not have their cards with them. Dog Parks are periodically monitored by staff and visited periodically by the Village of Oak Park Police. Owners not complying with rules can be subject to up to $1,000 in fines. For more info please email Bill Hamilton or call 708-725-2304.
Dog Park Permit Application and Waiver
The Animal Care League offers a variety of programs throughout the year. To find the perfect program for your pooch visit the Animal Care League.
Dog Grove at Miller's Meadow
The Forest Preserve District of Cook County offers an off-leash dog grove at Miller's Meadow 2175 S. First Ave., just north of Cermak Road. See more info about Miller's Meadow.