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Miller Meadow Off-Leash Dog Area Now Open to the Public—and Pets!

Sep 18, 2015

Dog owners and their canine companions can enjoy an improved off-leash dog park at Miller Meadow in Maywood beginning today. A range of improvements include new landscape restoration, fencing, concrete, asphalt, shelters and a secure swipe card system for entry into the off-leash fenced area.


“This project is part of our Recreation Master Plan and carves out a designated space for people to enjoy the outdoors with their pets,” said General Superintendent Arnold Randall. “It is our goal to preserve and protect land in their natural state, while at the same time be a place for residents to relax and enjoy themselves.”


Off-leash dog areas are a benefit only to visitors and pets; they offer a safe enclosure for protecting sensitive natural areas that could otherwise be disturbed.


Use of an off-leash dog are as requires an annual membership which includes one key-card to enter any of the Forest Preserves’ Off-Leash Dog Areas. Miller Meadow is the third dog park on Forest Preserve land. Two other off-leash areas exist at Bremen Grove on Oak Park Ave, south of 159th St in Tinley Park and Beck Lake Dog Park on 1000 N. East River Road in Des Plaines.


Memberships will be sold at to Miller Meadow Saturday, and that location will remain open to members ahead of the normal season which regularly begins October 1 through September 30 of the following year. Cook County residents pay $55 per dog per annually. The fee for non-residents is $110 per dog.


From 2010-2014 the Forest Preserves of Cook County generated $187,847 from off-leash dog area membership/permit fees. The money generated through memberships are used to fund the operations and maintenance off-leash dog areas.

Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County