District Celebrates Opening of Oldfield Oaks Off-Leash Dog Area June 19

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District Celebrates Opening of Oldfield Oaks Off-Leash Dog Area with June 19 Ribbon-Cutting

Site Provides Much-Needed Off-Leash Dog Area in Southeast DuPage County

(June 11, 2018) — The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County will celebrate the opening of its new 7-acre off-leash dog area at Oldfield Oaks Forest Preserve in Darien with a ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 19.

The new area features concrete plazas with double-gated entrances, a 0.2-mile gravel inner loop trail and a 0.35-mile turf outer loop trail. There’s a 0.6-acre area for small dogs and a 6-acre parcel for all dogs with multiple activity areas. It has picnic tables and trees for buffering and an adjacent 42-car asphalt parking lot, which doubles as a trailhead for visitors who want to reach the forest preserve’s existing 2 miles of looped trails.

DuPage County Animal Services will be on hand to provide tours of their new state-of-the-art 26-foot specialty veterinary vehicle, equipped with a fully-operational surgical suite, treatment/exam area capable of supporting mobile spay/neuter and other surgical procedures, dentistry and diagnostic procedures such as x-ray, bloodwork, grooming, microchipping, vaccinations and more.
 
Dog owners will also be able to apply for an off-leash dog permit at the event. Permits can also be purchased online 24/7. The off-leash dog area is on Cheese Road/North Frontage Road off Lemont Road south of 87th Street in Darien (see map).

Forest Preserve District Commissioner Linda Painter, District 3, had long lobbied for an off-leash dog area in this part of the county, noting the nearest areas, Mayslake Forest Preserve in Oak Brook and Greene Valley Forest Preserve in Naperville, are each more than 8 miles away.

“We’re thrilled to be able to provide a beautiful spot in southeast DuPage County for dog lovers to bring their pets,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore.

In addition to Oldfield Oaks, Mayslake and Greene Valley, the District has off-leash dog areas at Blackwell in Warrenville, East Branch in Glendale Heights, Hawk Hollow in Hanover Park and Springbrook Prairie in Naperville.

The District issues about 10,000 permits for its off-leash dog areas each year, evidence the facilities are quite popular with visitors. Pet owners who wish to use any of the District’s off-leash areas must have valid permits and follow all rules and regulations, which are available online or through Visitor Services weekdays at 630-933-7248.

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 60 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, five education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

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