The Wicker Dog Park is a specially enclosed area of the Wicker Park in Chicago, Illinois. Parking for vehicles is available on the streets which run alongside the dog park. This dog park is a fully fenced off-leash area for exercising dogs. The fencing consists of high metal railings covered with wire mesh. There is no separate zone for small dogs. The off-leash area is completely surfaced with asphalt. There is a water fountain installed in the dog park.
This off-leash area is classed as a DFA, or dog-friendly area, within the city of Chicago. Pet owners wanting to use the facility must have acquired a permit and registration tag from a qualified veterinarian. The tag must be worn on the dog's collar when in the park. Violation of this rule could mean the imposition of a fine of up to $500. It is not possible to purchase day or visitor passes. Visitors to the city must also obtain the required permit from a vet. The permits, which cost $10, are valid from January through to December and must be renewed on a yearly basis. The tags are valid in all DFA's throughout Chicago.
Pet owners should be aware it is not permitted to exercise more than three dogs at once. In addition, any dog displaying anti-social behavior should be removed from the off-leash area. Dogs with a history of aggression are not permitted entry to the dog park. Also, it is not permitted to take any food, including dog treats, into the off-leash area.
All pet owners using the facility must carry poop bags on their person and clean up immediately after their dog. Failure to comply with the poop cleaning regulation can result in a hefty fine of $500 not to mention being banned from the park if it happens too often. The local authorities hold the dog owners and users of the off-leash dog park responsible for its monitoring and upkeep.