Suburban dog parks…not quite thrifty
Since Chicago dog parks are so economical, I started investigating suburban dog parks. My first reaction…not so thrifty. If you sign up, you must use it regularly to make it worthwhile.
Schaumburg’s Willow Dog Park is open daily year round. It costs $40/year for residents and $60/year for nonresidents.
Palatine’s dog park costs $45/year for residents and $90/year for nonresidents.
Skokie’s Pooch Park requires a $40 fee for residents and $80 for nonresidents (2009 rates).
Oak Park’s dog park has a $40 fee (unclear if there is a higher rate for nonresidents).
My initial recommendation is keep your dog on the leash and go for a jog (exercise for you, too). If anyone knows of more dog parks — especially ones that have lower annual fees– let me know.