Greene Valley: Off-Leash Dog Area Improvements

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 limestone trails will benefit visitors in many ways as detailed below:
• Spreads evenly and compacts to form a solid, sturdy surface
• Provides a safer environment for dogs and owners
• Offers better drainage after heavy rains
• Is more sanitary
• Provides better accessibility for people who use wheelchairs

Status 

Work at the Greene Valley Forest Preserve off-leash dog area was completed Oct. 2, 2013. The District replaced turf and wood-chip trails with crushed limestone. The new trail will increase ADA accessibility and visitor safety, reduce maintenance and create more sanitary conditions. *Springbrook Prairie is scheduled to undergo replacement of turf and wood-chip trails with crushed limestone in the spring of 2014.

Survey 

The District asked a select number of permit holders who use two of the most popular off-leash dog areas (Greene Valley and Springbrook Prairie) which types of trail surfaces they preferred. Although respondents overwhelmingly favored wood chips, experts suggest that surfaces such as crushed limestone are best for off-leash ares. Click here to see a presentation on the results of the survey.

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