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Work Begins at Oldfield Oaks Off-Leash Dog Area

The Forest Preserve District has started construction on a fenced-in 10-acre off-leash dog area in the southwest corner of Oldfield Oaks Forest Preserve in Darien. The area will have concrete plazas with double-gated entrances, a .3-mile looped turf and gravel trail, .6-acre area for small dogs, and a 6-acre parcel with multiple activity areas. It will also have picnic tables and large trees for shade and buffering. The adjacent 42-car asphalt parking lot will double as a trailhead for visitors who want to reach the forest preserve’s existing two miles of looped trails.

The District expects construction to end by September, but it will not open the area until the grass firmly takes root, which is expected by fall 2017 or summer 2018. Pet owners who wish to use any of the District’s off-leash areas must have valid permits, which are available online or through Visitor Services weekdays at (630) 933-7248.

The District budgeted $680,000 from the construction and development and capital improvement funds for this project.

The District also has off-leash dog areas at Mayslake in Oak Brook, Greene Valley and Springbrook Prairie in Naperville, Blackwell in Warrenville, East Branch in Glendale Heights, and Hawk Hollow in Hanover Park. The District issues about 10,000 permits annually for its off-leash dog areas. For more information about the District’s off-leash dog areas, visit dupageforest.org.
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