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Sunday, March 3, 2024

Naperville Park District reminds residents of rules for walking dogs


Above / Signs in May Watts Park are reminders to help your dog be a good pet and guest during walks in parks. And, yes. The Naperville Riverwalk along the DuPage River is a park. (PN File Photo)

Naperville Park District’s trails and neighborhood parks are favorite destinations for walking dogs. To help ensure that the parks and trails remain safe, clean, well-cared for and welcoming for everyone, the Park District has posted information online for pet owners of the rules for dogs and other pets in the parks at napervilleparks.org/dogsinparks.

Sometimes wildlife is a distraction for dogs that might pull away from their owners. (PN File Photo)

Rules apply to all locations within Naperville Park District

  • Keep dogs leashed at all times when visiting a park or walking along a trail.
  • Do not allow your dog to run or roam freely in parks, including on ballfields, synthetic turf and elsewhere. The Park District does not operate any dog parks. However, the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County and the Forest Preserve District of Will County do have several dog parks in the Naperville area. Please visit their websites for locations and details.
  • Pick up after your pet every time. Pet excrement can be harmful to people and the environment. As explained by an EPA Fact Sheet, dog waste is full of nutrients that contribute to excessive algae growth in local ponds, lakes and streams. It also contains bacteria, viruses and other pathogens like roundworms that can be transmitted to humans and other wildlife. If left to decompose in the grass, those nutrients and pathogens can be washed into local waterways during a rain fall and contribute to local water quality degradation. 
  • If you forget to bring a waste container, please use one of our Mutt Mitts that are available in 17 park locations, including the Riverwalk.
Many well-behaved leashed dogs are welcomed to attend Naperville Municipal Band concerts in Central Park. (PN File Photo)

Proper pet handling is addressed in the Park District’s Ordinance #641 under Section 2.05: Animals and Pets.

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Questions about pets in parks can be directed to the Park District at (630) 848-5000 or via email at info@napervilleparks.org.

Editor’s Note / For many of the reasons pet excrement can be harmful to individuals, droppings from ducks, geese and other waterfowl can be unhealthy, too. Furthermore, feeding wildlife can be deleterious to the health of animals as well. Thanks for going with knowledge about the care for all animals.

Thanks for respecting wildlife and fellow visitors along the Riverwalk. Let wildlife be wild. (PN File Photo)

Help keep all individuals, pets and wildlife safe!


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Naperville Park District
Naperville Park Districthttp://www.napervilleparks.org/
Created in 1966, the Naperville Park District is an independent, municipal agency serving the recreation needs of its residents. An Illinois Distinguished Agency since 1994, the District is one of only 1% of park districts across the country to be nationally accredited through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The Naperville Park District’s mission is to provide recreation and park experiences that promote healthy lives, healthy minds and a healthy community. The District maintains and operates more than 2,400 acres with 137 parks and provides more than 1,500 recreational, arts and environmental programs and special events annually. Included within the District’s operations are two championship golf courses, a multitude of playgrounds, trails, athletic courts and sports fields, Fort Hill Activity Center, Knoch Knolls Nature Center, two inline skating and skateboarding facilities, the Millennium Carillon, a paddle boat quarry, historic Centennial Beach, and the beautiful Riverwalk.


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