Mayslake Off-Leash Dog Area Improvements

Overview

Since this area at Mayslake Forest Preserve in Oak Brook opened in 1999, it’s been extremely popular. But because the off-leash area is only 4 acres — the smallest in the District — increased use has created demands for improvements to offset the effects of concentrated use in such a small area. As a result, the District has identified several projects to improve conditions.

  • A reconfigured entrance for easier access
  • Better soil and new drain tiles to eliminate areas that hold water and turn muddy
  • Regraded and reseeded grassy areas
  • Alternative surface materials to make play areas more durable
  • A 0.5-acre fenced area for small dogs
  • 1,440 feet of limestone trails that follow popular traffic patterns
  • Additional benches and two new minishelters
  • Landscaping that provides protection from weather

Funding

About $250,000 from the District’s capital development funds will cover the cost of the project.

Status

These improvements were completed in July of 2013

The improvements planned for the Mayslake Off-Leash Dog area include a reconfigured entrance, fenced area for small dogs and limestone trails.

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