Oldfield Oaks Off-Leash Dog Area
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has proposed to construct a new off-leash dog area at the Oldfield Oaks Preserve in Darien. Currently, the residents of the southeast part of the county are farther away from any District off-leash dog area than other residents in DuPage County. In order to correct this issue the District’s Board of Commissioners determined that a new off-leash area should be built in this portion of the county. After analyzing several preserves, it was determined that Oldfield Oaks would be an ideal location based on site accessibility, ecosystem classification, site hydrology and existing agreements.
The proposed off-leash area will offer the following amenities:
• 40-plus car asphalt parking lot
• Trail connector to the existing Oldfield Oaks loop trail
• 2 separate fenced areas; a large active field (+5 acres) and a small dog field (0.6 acres)
• Double-gated pedestrian gates
• 1/3-mile trail loop within the large activity field
The District has budgeted $680,000 for this project which will be funded from the District’s Construction and Development Fund and Capital Improvement/Repair or Replacement Fund.
The District has begun to prepare construction plans for this project and is expecting construction to begin in 2016. Depending on the establishment of the turf within the off-leash area it is anticipated that the facility could open fall 2017 or summer 2018.