Pooch Park

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3220 Oakton
Skokie, IL 60077

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Dog Parks & Dog Runs

Open daily, 5:00 am - 10:00 pm


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Fenced in:  YesLeash Required:  No
Restrooms Nearby:  YesNight Lighting:  Yes
Benches:  YesTrash Cans:  Yes
Disposal Bags:  YesWater Fountain:  Yes

Surface type:Grassy
Size:2.7 acres

“Pooch Park is a 2.7 acre dog park run co-operatively by the Skokie and Evanston park districts. It has a separate fenced small dog area and agility area inside the large fenced dog park. Pooch Park is accessible by permit only, permits are $35 for residents of Evanston or Skokie and $70 for non-residents. More info on where to get permits and park rules is available through the Evanston Park District website.”

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4posted: November 27th, 2007

We're a fan

Yes, we're from Rogers Park (in the city) and paid the $70 to join. It's only 15 minutes away. We love this place. The grass is wonderful, there are bushes, agility equipment, fresh water, and lots of fun dogs. We spend three-four days a week here. Rosie always has a great time! It gets one less paw because of the price.


4edited: June 12th, 2007

Nice Park, Fees are a bit steep.

I live on the far north side of Chicago and as you can see I am a Siberian Husky. I need to have a fully fenced in area in order to run. I really like Pooch Park. My sister Ginger and I have a great time every time we go with our dad but I know he has mentioned many times that we do not have alternatives as we live in Chicago and not near any other fully fenced in dog parks. It really is a shame that Skokie and Evanston penalize nearby dog owners who want to use the park . I understand that the park needs to be taken care of but Double fees because you are not a resident is really unfortunate!

posted: June 12th, 2007


4posted: February 9th, 2007

Nice alternative to Chicago's dog parks

Please note that you must have a permit to use this park. Pooch Park is a very nice dog park and had many advantages over the Chicago "dog friendly areas" nearby within the city limits. Pooch Park has a lot of space, a nice grassy surface (rather than the hard cement of the Chicago dog parks) and a separate fenced area for agility as well as one for puppies and small dogs. The agility field includes a dogwalk, table, tunnel, tire, and jumps. These are mostly full-height obstacles so are not good for a dog who has not done it before to learn agility, but they are great to practice or for fun for a dog who already knows the obstacles. The park is accessible on two sides: there is a parking lot at the boating center on Oakton Ave. which is not very visible from the street but there is a "Pooch Park" sign there. The other entrance is from Main St. through the shopping plaza (the dog park is near Sam's Club when you get inside the parking lot.) Please note that their website states that you can register for as many dogs as your city's ordinances allow but when I went to Skokie's Oakton Community Center to buy the permits, I was told I could only purchase 2 even though I live in Chicago where there is no dog limit. If you have more than 2 dogs you may have better luck purchasing your Pooch Park permit from one of the Evanston locations. If you live in Chicago or in a nearby suburb that does not have its own dog park and you have active dogs and are planning on visiting the park at least a few times a week, I think the $70 non-resident permit is worth it. I chose Pooch Park because my dogs cannot use the Chicago "dog friendly areas" due to them all being paved, which is much too hard on my dogs' joints and bones.


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