Oldfield Oaks Off-Leash Dog Area

Project Overview 

In 2015, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County proposed construction of a new off-leash dog area at the Oldfield Oaks Preserve in Darien. At the time, the residents of the southeast part of the county were 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 new off-leash area offers 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

Project Funding 

The District budgeted $680,000 for this project which was funded from the District’s Construction and Development Fund and Capital Improvement/Repair or Replacement Fund.

Current Status 

The District prepared construction plans for this project, obtained necessary permits in early 2016, and completed construction in fall 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.

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