Barkwood Park Unleashed Dog Park at Thunder Rock Prairie
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Address: Thunder Rock Prairie, 11369 N. Main Rd., Rockton, Illinois 61072


Requirements for Use of Barkwood Park Unleased Dog Area:

  • Users must purchase a yearly dog tag from the Village of Rockton. Tags may be purchased at the Village of Rockton Village Hall, 110 E. Main Street, Rockton or Hair of the Dog, 401 W. Main Street, Rockton. Yearly dog tags cost $36 for residents' first dog, $48 for non-residents' first dog. Each additional dog is $18. Fees are prorated yearly from June. To find out more, please call Village Hall at 815-624-7600.
  • To obtain a dog park tag, all dogs must have proof of a current and up-to-date rabies tag.
  • Dogs must be current on all of their shots, especially kennel cough, distemper, parvovirus and a yearly fecal exam.
  • Male dogs using the site MUST be neutered.
  • Female dogs are not allowed inside the area when they are in heat.
  • It is important to understand that all dogs do not necessarily like each other. It is good to research methods to help you understand dog socialization. Some dogs do growl when they play.
  • It is each owner's responsibility to monitor their dog's behavior. If your dog is aggressive toward another dog, you must leash your dog and move to another area at the site. If the dog is still aggressive, you will need to leave. It is suggested that your dog receive additional socialization and training. You will certainly be welcome after training.

Rules for Success at the Barkwood Park Unleashed Dog Area:

  • Absolutely no food is allowed to be brought into the dog park area. This also includes dog treats. All dogs have great sniffers and can get aggressive when food is even in a pocket.
  • A Barkwood dog tag and rabies tag must be worn and visible when using this area.
  • Dogs must be supervised at all times.
  • Owners must carry a leash and a cleanup bag at all times. You are required to immediately pick up after your dog(s). If you see a missed pile, it is a good service to help keep the area clean.
  • Monitor your dog's behavior! If it is aggressive, take care of the situation before it escalates.
  • For their protection, children under the age of 10 must observe from outside the off leash area.
  • Smoking and consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
  • Barkwood Park Unleashed is open from sunrise to sunset.
  • You must leash your dog(s) from the parking lot until you get inside the gate. Likewise, when you leave, put the leash on the dog before you exit. Don't assume your dog can be seen. Have your dog under control.

This site has been developed to give dog owners a place where your dog can run free. Even though you may want to bring a toy, such as a ball or a Frisbee, be aware that dogs can be possessive. You might have to wait to play ball until there are fewer dogs, or be aware that another dog could take it. Dogs consider it an open invitation! Please use common sense. If you open a gate, please close it behind you!

The Village of Rockton reserves the right to refuse membership or entrance to this site.

Dogs are welcome to accompany you at any of the other Village properties as long as they are leashed and under control at all times. You must assume the responsibility to clean up after your dog(s).

To report an emergency call 911. Report maintenance issues by calling the Village at 815-624-7600.

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