Kewanee can be basically called “the city of parks”. The city is home to 8 recreational sites and counting! Just a few years ago, you wouldn't have found very many dog-friendly amenities here. Hotels were reluctant to welcome four-legged visitors, and parks had restrictions against dogs. Today, Kewanee offers a variety of options for every tail-wagger in the area. You'll find four veterinarian offices in the city to keep your bud in tip-top health.
Baker Park in the western part of the city should be the first item on your checklist. This spacious park welcomes families and leashed pooches to enjoy a number of outdoor activities, including an extensive golf course and Pleasure Drive, a scenic and relaxing tour service through the park.
Kewanee is conveniently set between hiking trails, which your pooch can explore with you. Rock Island Trail not far from Toulon (south of Kewanee), and Hennepin Canal Parkway in Annawan (north of Kewanee) offer a range hiking trails to discover and conquer.
Like the area? Stay for a few days at one of the dog-friendly hotels, such as Motel 6 Kewanee at 901 South Tenney Street, which provides comfortable rooms for visitors and no restrictions on dog sizes and breeds.
The southeastern part of Moline offers a mix of calm and scenic views of the Rock River alongside busy roads, entertainment and recreation spots for locals and visitors. Don't be shy and join the local friendly crowd enjoying themselves in Green Valley Park, which is an extensive area with a number of outdoor activities. Have a four-legged visitor with you? The park has the pawfect place for him – Green Valley Dog Park, which is 2 acres of joy and off-leash fun in a designated area. The amenities are simple: shade from the trees, green grass, and drinking doggy fountains. But fun is provided by you (with toys and treats), your pooch (by being awesome) and other furry friends (by being friendly)!
The far southern corner of Rock Island off I-280 is a remote, quiet community with lakes and recreation areas. If you follow Andalusia Road to the east, you will find a fascinating oasis that consists of three lakes and two parks set right opposite one another. Feel free to visit Hasselroth Park, set across from Round Table Lake. This community park has a designated fenced area for pooches to play off-leash and have a blast on day from dawn to dusk – Eleanor Wallace Dog Park. Lots of grass and paved walking paths add to the convenience of the place. You will find a few fire hydrants in the area, but it is better to take some water with you just in case.
Being one of the most densely-populated cities in the area, Peoria has a number of different facilities in its eastern part, conveniently combining dining, shopping, and recreation areas together to fulfill the needs of all visitors. If you visit the city with your pup, do head to Bradley Park, which features a dog park as well as Frisbee golf. The locals love this beautiful 5-acre fenced area, and you won't have trouble finding company for your lovely mutt to play with! There are enough water stations for thirsty pooches and a few compact swimming pools during summertime to cool off or just splash around.
The sleepy and calm neighborhood in the western part of Washington has a few shopping and dining facilities for locals and visitors stretching along Washington Road. Just a skip and a hop away is a hidden gem: the recreation area of Meadow Valley Park. This public park has a special dog-friendly place on the west side where pooches can finally do whatever they want. More precisely: play, romp, frisk, and bark off-leash with each other. The place is clean, protected and secure with a high fence and two separate areas for small and large breeds.
If you and your pup are tired of exploring cities looking for dog-friendly places, then the northern part of Morton may be a good fit for you. The spot is fairly remote from the downtown and offers lots of fun and entertainment. You'll definitely want to visit Oakwood Dog Park, which is a sweet extension of Northwood Park. The dog park is a nice mix of grass, dirt and walking trails which are easy to navigate and offer lots of room to play and romp. Your pooch is welcome to play in one of two separate areas for small and large breeds and socialize with joy and excitement. Let your mutt sniff and explore trees, please him with some treats in the picnic area or train with him on the agility equipment to keep your buddy in good shape.