Also known as Fulton River Park, Park No. 551 Dog Park is a one-acre green space which was completed in 2008. It was part of the planned development called Fifield Realty Corporation that improved and donated the park to the Chicago Park District. The project produced distinct design challenges because DesPlaines and Kinzie are elevated. Terraced levels were created to solve grade differential and address the problem with the elevated area.
Located in the West Loop and adjacent to the children’s playground, the park caters towards smaller dogs because of its limited space. There is also no separate areas for small dogs and their bigger counterparts. However, the park has a lot of shade to protect you from the sun during hot afternoons.
Even though it is one of the smaller parks in the state of Illinois, it offers plenty of perks that guarantee an excellent time for your canine pet and yourself. The park seems more intimate because of its smaller size, and it is a wonderful way to meet other pet parents in your area.
Secured because of its double gate entrance, the park has concrete ground covering and drinking fountains so both dogs and their owners can stay hydrated while having a perfectly great time in the park. In addition, there are benches where owners can sit and relax while watching over their pooches and making sure they stay out of harm’s way.
One of the essential things that the park lacks are restrooms. It would be better if there were toilets nearby for your convenience. To use the park, you have to visit a participating veterinarian to get registered to use Chicago Parks. A full health check for Fido is also a must. Aside from being an excellent place for dogs, the park also hosts movie nights during the summer for the enjoyment of residents.