Forest preserve dog park permits on sale Nov. 1

10/27/2014, 8:30 a.m.
The permit can be used at all of Will County's dog parks, located in Joliet, Shorewood, Homer Glen, Naperville and ...
Dogs enjoy some off-leash fun at a Forest Preserve District of Will County dog park. Permits for 2015, which go on sale Nov. 1, are valid at district dog parks located in Homer Glen, Joliet, Naperville, Shorewood and Wilmington. Kevin Burley

The Will County Forest Preserve District provided this news release:

If you and your canine companions want to frolic and have some off-leash fun next year, purchase a Forest Preserve District of Will County dog park permit starting Nov. 1.

Permits for 2015 will be available for purchase at Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville, Plum Creek Nature Center in Beecher and Monee Reservoir in Monee. Permits also will be available at Sugar Creek Administration Center in Joliet beginning Nov. 3.

Permits allow year-round access to all five Forest Preserve dog parks: Forked Creek in Wilmington, Hammel Woods in Shorewood, Messenger Marsh in Homer Glen, Whalon Lake in Naperville, and the newest dog park, Rock Run, which opened in 2014 in Joliet.

Dog parks are open 8 a.m. to sunset with one exception: Whalon Lake Dog Park is open from 6 a.m. to sunset from April through October.

Dog park fees begin at $40 for one dog for Will County residents. In addition to buying a permit in person at a visitor center, permits also may be purchased by downloading an application from ReconnectWithNature.org and submitting it with payment.

Senior citizen and multi-dog discounts are available. Permits are valid from the date of issue until Dec. 31, 2015.