Dog Park

Bark Park Carol Stream Now Open

Join us on October 15 at 10:00am as we officially open the new off-leash dog park – Bark Park Carol Stream, with a ribbon-cutting event. After the ribbon cutting the dog park will be free for use until 11:30am (passes will be needed after 11:30am)

The $98,000 park at Kuhn Rd and North Ave features fenced areas for small and large dogs. Bark Park users must purchase an annual pass for the dog park at Simkus Recreation Center for $29 Res/$49 Non-Res per household.

All passes sold in 2011 will be good through Dec 31 2012. For more details visit

Also on October 15 at 10:00am is the official opening of the new trail that links Volunteer Park and Kuhn Road to Red Hawk Park via the North Avenue underpass.

Dog Park – August 2011 Update

Construction has now started on the dog park. The scheduled date for completion is September 9. On Monday, Aug 8, the Carol Stream Board of Commisoners voted to name the new dog park, Bark Park Carol Stream. Carol Stream Park District residents were asked to suggest names for the dog park, and vote on a shortlist of names. Bark Park was voted as the most popular name.

Information on Bark Park passes will be available at the CSbarks dog festival on Sep 18 at Armstrong Park and at

Dog Park – June 2011 Update

Bids are now being accepted from contractors to construct the dog park. The bid will be awarded on July 11, with work expected to begin on July 15. The dog park will feature large and small dog play areas surrounded by a 4′ high chain link fence. Entry to the off-leash areas will be through double entry gates. The park will also include water stations, benches and picnic tables.

Dog Park – February 2011 Update

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Updated concept plans for the dog park, which include turf, fencing, water, shade, and an off-leash dog exercise/running area, are now available to view above. Due to the very low rainfall levels in the fall, grass seeding has been delayed and the full April – June growing season will likely be needed to grow the required grass ground cover.

Dog Park – January 2011 Update

In December bids for the dog park construction were reviewed by the Park District board. Webster, McGrath & Ahlberg Ltd were chosen to do the Civil Engineering. Work is now underway on final blueprints for the park.

Dog Park – November 2010 Update

Dog Park Pre-final concept

Dog Park Pre-final Concept Plan

A pre-final concept drawing for the dog park has been completed and the park district is currently taking bids for the construction of the park. The dog park designs include fenced-in areas for large and small dogs.

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Dog Park – October 2010 Update

Parks staff have now seeded the dog park area twice and are continuing to mow it regularly to encourage grass growth and kill off weeds. Our landscape architect is currently refining the preliminary plan to address ideas and suggestions that where generated in our public meeting in August.

Dog Park – August 2010 Update

Rec staff continues to gather information from other dog parks. We met with interested dog owners on August 5 to collect their thoughts on features and how the park will operate. Our engineering firm is now working on the land surveys we need to start designing the park. We’ve done some clearing and seeding. The site for this park is a 20 acre parcel just northwest of Kuhn and North Ave. (just south of our new maintenance garage).

Dog Park – July 2010 Update

A site has been secured for the dog park. It is a 20 acre parcel just south of our Maintenance Garage on Kuhn Rd. We were granted a no-cost 5-year lease to use the land from IDOT. We are meeting with several agencies who already operate dog parks to learn more about good design and operations. We are still in the planning phase for this project and will soon be contacting interested dog owners for design focus groups.