JOLIET – The Forest Preserve District of Will County is set to open its fifth dog park July 19 in Joliet.
A celebration is planned for the opening of the dog park at the McClintock Road Access for the Rock Run Preserve, which is at the northeast corner of U.S. Route 6 and McClintock Road.
The public is invited to the event, which will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
The dog park features three separate 2.5-acre fenced areas with one enclosure reserved for small dogs weighing less than 35 pounds. The park includes parking, a latrine, sidewalks, a picnic area and a drinking fountain.
The opening day celebration will include music from the Channahon Junior High School Band. There will be craft activities, an inflatable obstacle course for children and games of fetch. The first 250 dogs that attend will receive free, paw-shaped water bowls.
Other Forest Preserve dog parks are at Hammel Woods in Shorewood, Whalon Lake in Naperville, Messenger Marsh in Homer Glen and Forked Creek in Wilmington.
More information about the July 19 event and Forest Preserve dog parks is available at the website ReconnectWithNature.Org.