Dogs in the Parks
The Northbrook Park District welcomes owners and their leashed dogs in all of our parks except during Special Events.
Dogs are not allowed at any Special Event held at Village Green Park and other District parks including but not limited to: Memorial Day events, 4th of July events, Rock the Green, Movies in the Park, Park Fest, Art in the Park, Northbrook Days, Shermerfest, Winter Carnival, Spring Bunny, Kids' Fishing Derby, Liberty Loop 5K, Liberty Lap, Kids' Duathlon, Youth Triathlon, Touch-A-Truck and Autumnfest. (Park District Ordinance 15-0-7)
For an off-leash area, check out membership information for our Northbrook Dog Park below.
Northbrook Dog Park
Location: 2490 Dundee Road
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The Northbrook Park District operates a friendly dog park where your pooch can play, socialize and exercise. This is the only public area in Northbrook where dogs are allowed to run and play off-leash. Access to the park requires an annual membership, and passes are available for purchase at any Park District Registration Office.
We hope your dog enjoys playing here. Remember to play safely, obey the rules, and respect the park and park users.
The park is open from sunrise to sunset, so hours of operation change on a monthly basis.
From April 1-November 30, on Mondays and Thursdays, the park opens at 9:30am after maintenance. From December 1-March 31, the park opens at 8:30am on Mondays and Thursdays.
Yearly fee is $49 for first dog, $25 for additional dog (July 1 through June 30—no prorating)
The dog park includes the following elements:
- Completely fenced-in grounds
- Enclosed 2-acre area for all dogs
- Enclosed .5-acre area for small dogs (under 26 pounds)
- Dog wash
- Tables and benches
- Drinking fountain
- Soft walking path
- Parking for 37 cars
The Park District developed the dog park in response to growing interest in the community, as expressed in surveys and public meetings. Northbrook residents identified a dog park as an unmet need in the community, and they were able to review design concepts and discuss park features during a Public Input Meeting in August 2012. The Dog Park opened in December of 2013.
Because the park had been granted from the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1978, the Park District had to obtain approval from the National Park Service for the alternate use of the land, and changes had to be approved by the Park Service.
- The District signed an easement agreement with Underwriters Laboratories that allows the use of its driveway as an entrance to the park.
- The District signed an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County that allows access through the park for prairie maintenance in exchange for the use of its fence.
Funding for the dog park was approved in the 2012-2013 Capital Improvement Plan. The Dog Park opened in December of 2013.
The Park District has sponsorship opportunities available for potential partners in the community. Anyone who is interested can contact Ann Ziolkowski, Director of Marketing and Communications, at 847·897·6129 or aziolkowski @nbparks.org.