The Paws Park Dog Park is an off-leash dog park in the city of Park Ridge, Cook County, Illinois. For pet parents arriving by vehicle, there is a parking lot conveniently situated on the opposite side of the road from the dog park. Keeping a pup on its leash to cross over to the dog park is a must.
To use this dog park in Park Ridge pet parents are required to register for membership with the parks department. There's a strict requirement for not just proof of vaccinations and licensing, but documented proof from a vet that the pup in question is free of parasites.
Residents of Park Ridge are allowed to purchase memberships for three dogs even though they are only permitted to exercise two at a time in the dog park. The cost of membership is $50 for the first dog and $10 for each additional dog. The corresponding tag which is issued must be worn by the dog at all times when using the off-leash area.
Non-residents pay a bit more, $70 and $15 respectively. All membership tags are valid for one year which dates from September 1st to August 31st. Pet owners are also issued with an identity badge on a lanyard which must be worn by them when in the dog park.
The off-leash area is monitored by designated volunteers who have the authority to request users of the dog park facility to leave if they are not wearing their ID. They are also there to keep an eye out for lazy poop picker uppers who may infringe on the scooping regulations.
If pet parents get caught breaking any of the rules, they may get prohibited from using the park, and there is no refund of fees paid. Not picking up a pup's poop here can work out to be an expensive experience. So take bags and do the right thing.