The Morgan Park neighborhood of Chicago houses the dog-friendly, 3-acre green space called Prospect Gardens Park. This park is a passive recreational open area that boasts grass, plenty of trees and a small hill for winter sledding, or just rolling down during the rest of the year.
Lots of space means opportunities for picnics with your canine bestie, strolls on the gravel walking paths, and pauses in the day at one of the many wooden benches scattered about. Open throughout the day and evening, street lamps provide illumination after dark. Lying between South Homewood and South Prospect Avenues, this rounded wedge-shaped park has access points and parking along both of those streets.
The Prospect Gardens Trail lies within the park. Bordered by many shade trees and lamp posts, this is a popular place for runners and walkers to burn a few calories with their fur-pups trotting beside them. The trail is the location of fitness challenge events, where stops along the path are marked for activity challenges and offer simple equipment to carry them out.
Also enclosed within this park is the Prospect Gardens Park Nature Garden, a .4-acre plot planted with native plants and trees. Paving stone paths and interpretive signs with photos and text describing each plant, tree or flower you see are open to fur-babies on leash. Enclosed with a wrought-iron fence, the Nature Garden is a break from the city around the park, and its landscape artistry changes throughout the year.
Be sure to bring plenty of water for both you and your pooch as there are no fountains. Also please remember to carry waste bags and plan on picking up your doggo's poop and disposing of it.
Prospect Gardens Park is a pawrfect destination for those days when you and your fur-baby want to walk without looking out for rocks and potholes. If you're set on just embarking on a lazy, restful day with the pooch in tow, this is also the place!