Residents and dogs of the North Park neighborhood in Chicago love living in close proximity to the slice of wilderness that is Gompers Park. This park encompasses 39 acres of natural beauty and recreational opportunities. Straddling the North Branch Chicago River, the park attracts its fair share of wildlife and bird species as well. Whether you’ve come to catch up with the neighbors and their fur-babies, or enjoy some peace and solitude with your best pal, you’re sure to find what you need in Gompers Park!
There are many different ways to enjoy the nature in Gompers Park, so you’ll surely want to add it to your morning walk with Fifi. There are pathways that wind through the forested and open areas of the park, that are easy on the eyes and the paws. At the rehabilitated wetlands and lagoon, you can stop by the piers to enjoy some wildlife watching. Don’t forget your binoculars! For a more structured way to learn about the flora and fauna, you can join some of the programs that the park features, including campouts and river clean-ups. There are also fishing and gardening opportunities to be found here.
The fun doesn’t need to end there, as this family friendly park has playgrounds, a variety of athletic fields, and an outdoor pool. Dogs are not allowed on the athletic fields while there are games in play, but there are plenty of open grassy areas to sniff and play on. If you want to stay a while, you can pack a lunch and enjoy the picnic areas.
This park welcomes leashed dogs to join their humans as long as they stay leashed and follow proper petiquette. Please bring waste bags and be prepared to stoop and scoop! By following these guidelines this park can remain a clean and safe haven for everybody and fur-buddy.
With all the woofderful things to do in nature that Gompers Park offers, it’s sure to get a smile on your face and a wag in your dog’s tail!