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We are anticipating a shortage of dog park bags in the near future. If you are visiting our dog parks, please bring your own bag to pick up after your dog.

We encourage you to follow all CDC guidelines for social distancing and hygiene.

Calling All Dogs!IMG_2896

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.

IMG_2875RCRC (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 now FREE for Oak Park Residents!


Permits are required to use dog parks. To apply for a Dog Park Permit, owners must provide proof of a valid village dog license receipt in the village of your residency, including the license number. Additionally, proof of vaccinations for the current year, including Rabies, Distemper, Kennel Cough/Bordetella, Para-influenza and Parvovirus are required. Proof of a negative fecal test for intestinal parasites within the last year must also be provided at the time of registration.

Currently, due to facility closures, permits applications and required documentation listed in the paragraph above can be emailed to  Once received, approved, and any applicable fees paid (New Customers Only & Non-Residents) your access card will be mailed to you. Non-resident pass sales are limited to the first 200 purchasers in a 12-month period. Permits are valid for one year from the date of purchase.

Permit Fees:

Residents:  First Dog FREE • Second Dog FREE
Non-Residents:  First Dog $20 • Second Dog $10
Key Card Deposit: A refundable $10 deposit is required when you obtain your permit.
Replacement Cards: If you lose your key card, you will lose your deposit and must pay a new $10 deposit for a replacement card.

Dog Park Permit Application and Waiver

Dog Park Permit Required for Park Entry

Dog parks use a key card access system. Members must bring their permit card to access the parks. Dog parks are maintained and inspected by Park District staff. Dog owners, who are not in compliance with dog park rules and requirements, may be subject to fines as well as dismissal from dog park use.

For more info please email Bill Hamilton or call 708-725-2304.

Dog Park Rules

No children under the age of 11 are permitted within the dog park at any time. Children between the ages of 11 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult and behave in an appropriate manner: no running, no chasing dogs, no petting of other dogs unless permission is requested from the owner first.

• You are entering this area at your own risk.

• No more than 2 dogs per person are permitted within the park at any one visit.

• No dogs under the age of four months or female dogs in heat permitted in the park.

• You are solely responsible for the actions of your dog. Upon entrance you assume the full risk of any injuries, damage or loss connected with or associated with the use of the dog park.

• You must be in the park monitoring your dog at all times.

• You must leash your dog(s) while entering and exiting the park and must have a leash in your possession at all times.

• You must leash your dog immediately if aggressive behavior is observed. No dogs known to be aggressive toward other dogs or people may enter the area. Dogs must be removed from the park at the first sign of aggression. Repeated removal may result in loss of privileges. 

• You must pickup and dispose of any waste generated by your dog(s) and fill all holes dug by your dog(s).

• Dogs must wear current Oak Park license tag and rabies tag and be up-to-date on shots required by the Park District. Collars must be worn at all times. No pinch or spike collars allowed.

• Entry to the dog park is restricted to persons who have obtained a permit from the Park District. Owners must wear the dog park permit/pass at all times.

Dog owners not complying will be subject to fines of up to $1,000.00. Periodic monitoring and surveillance will be conducted by the Village of Oak Park Animal Control Officer and the Village of Oak Park Police.

Dog Training/Programs

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.

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