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Bremen Grove Dog Park Opens to Pooches, Residents

The Bremen Grove Off-Lease Dog Park opened Nov. 17 to Cook County and non-Cook County residents. The park is open from dawn til dusk daily, and features separate areas for large and small dogs.

Those excited barks and yips you hear from your furry pal who wants to go out and run around uninhibited by a leash? Consider them a thing of the past, thanks to the opening of the Bremen Grove Dog Park, located near 159th Street on Oak Park Avenue, on Nov. 17.

“It's a soft opening,” said Alderman Laura Clemons, who is also chairperson for the Bark For A Park Comittee. “They're planning on having a larger, grand opening in the spring.”

The dog park, which features two separate areas for large and small dogs, sits on seven acres of land in Bremen Grove, which is controlled by the Cook County Forest Preserve District. The off-leash dog park is one of two such areas operated within the county, with the other located in Des Plaines.

Previously, Forest Preserve Spokesperson Karen Vaughan said that dog parks aren't exactly something the district would take on, but that thanks to community input, the park was included in the Oak Forest Heritage Master Plan.

“During the process of developing the Oak Forest Heritage Master Plan, which is next to the health center campus, we heard from a lot of residents who wanted to see a dog park in the Southland,” she said. “After looking at it, we determined that site wasn't the appropriate place, but we did agree we would work with them and look at some other sites, so that's how this particular site was chosen.”

Residents of Cook County looking to secure a pass to the dog park can find a form online at the Forest Preserve District's website. Permits are $50 for county residents and $100 for non-residents, all dogs applying for a permit must also have all current vaccinations as well.

For more information about the dog park, contact the Cook County Forest Preserve District at 708-771-1070.

Jenny C December 05, 2012 at 08:08 PM
I'm glad to hear the dog park is open, but I am disappointed to find out there is a $50 permit fee for the dogs. We were told this park was going to be free to all dogs. How can the forest preserve charge a permit fee? This is very disappointing.
Mike chopper December 07, 2012 at 12:11 AM
I have been there a few times with my dog. I'm not a member and don't plan to be. If anyone has a problem with that I'll take my dog down the street to crap on some other land owned by the county.
GS December 12, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Great comment Mike. I like your style. $50 dollars is totally outrageous!
sdubs March 10, 2013 at 09:05 PM
As cook county residents we pay out of district fees for will county dog park priveledges ($50) for TWICE the running room in just one of their THREE dog park. Cook county needs a clue.

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