New Trail at the East Branch Off-Leash Dog Area

Update

The new trail is complete and the dog area is once again open as of June 21, 2012. That’s over a week ahead of schedule. Thank you to our visitors and their pups for their patience during this work. We hope all visitors enjoy the improved accessibility for walks around the training pond.

Overview

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is replacing turf and wood-chip trails at its off-leash dog areas with crushed limestone to make visits even better!

The new trails will benefit visitors in many ways as detailed below:

  • Better ADA accessibility
  • More sanitary--a big plus per veterinarians
  • Safer with fewer ruts and trip hazards
  • Less maintenance--especially after heavy rains
  • The best for high-use dog areas per several studies

Status

The East Branch Forest Preserve off-leash dog area will close for three to four weeks starting June 4, 2012, so that the Forest Preserve District can resurface the main loop trail around the pond with crushed limestone. The new trail will increase ADA accessibility and visitor safety, reduce maintenance and create more sanitary conditions.

While East Branch is closed, visitors with valid District permits should make sure to enjoy the off-leash areas at Blackwell, Greene Valley, Mayslake, Pratt’s Wayne Woods and Springbrook Prairie forest preserves and to check dupageforest.org for reopening information.

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