The Northbrook Park District operates a dog park where your pooch can play, socialize and exercise. This is the only public area in Northbrook where dogs are allowed to run and play off-leash in a completely fenced in area. There is an enclosed 2-acre area for all dogs and a .5-acre area for small dogs. Access to the park requires an annual membership which is available for purchase at any Park District Registration Office.

Membership

The Dog Park is only open to Northbrook Residents. All dog park members must have proof of a current Village of Northbrook Animal License. This is available at the Village Hall. To apply for membership:

  1. Download the Dog Park Application and Veterinarian Verification Form.
  2. Submit completed forms via email to customerservice@nbparks.org or drop off your forms at Northbrook Sports Center.
  3. Applications submitted by email receive an invoice when the application is processed.
  4. If renewing, keep your dog park tag and membership ID.
  5. All new members must apply in person to receive a membership card.

Payment is due upon registration:

  • Yearly fee is $55 for first dog, $25 for additional dog.
  • Membership season runs from July 1-June 30 (no prorating)

History

The Park District developed the Northbrook Dog Park in response to growing interest in the community, as expressed in surveys and public meetings. Northbrook residents identified a dog park as an unmet need in the community.  The District worked closely with residents who were able to review design concepts and discuss park features during a Public Input Meeting in August 2012. Funding for the Northbrook Dog Park was approved in the 2012-2013 Capital Improvement Plan. The Northbrook Dog Park opened in December of 2013. Because the Coast Guard Park had been granted from the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1978, the Park District had to obtain approval from the National Park Service for the alternate use of the land, and changes had to be approved by the Park Service.

Other action taken:

The District signed an easement agreement with Underwriters Laboratories that allows the use of its driveway as an entrance to the park.

The District signed an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Forest Preserve District of Cook County that allows access through the park for prairie maintenance in exchange for the use of its fence.