Urbana Park District

Dog Park/Perkins Rd. Site

Acres: 60

1501 E. Perkins Rd., Urbana, IL | Gold Bus Route

About the Park:

The Perkins Rd Site and the Dog Park are on land leased from the Urbana-Champaign Sanitary District (UCSD). This location is home to both the Urbana Dog Park and to an in-progress natural areas restoration. Free parking for the dog park is just off Perkins Road. See an aerial site map.

Perkins Road Site Restoration

The Urbana Park District is in the process of restoring the natural areas of the lower 35 acres with the assistance of the UCSD and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. This area is not currently accessible to the public due to rehabilitation project. In the future this area will host native plantings, educational programs, bird watching and recreation opportunities.

Dog Park

The Dog Park was developed in 2003 with the assistance of the Dog Park Advisory Committee and numerous private donors. The 10 acre area is especially for dogs to run off leash and is open from sunrise to sunset. It has a shaded grove of trees and lots of open meadow areas. This park provides a fun place for your dog to romp with other dogs and for you to meet and get to know other dog owners. The site has running water spring through fall and two separate fenced in areas, including a smaller area for timid dogs.

Park Hours

The Dog Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset. For security of all members, please do not visit the park after dark. Membership, which includes a gate fob, is required to access the park.


Dog Park Membership:

Fobs will be available for purchase at the Phillips Recreation Center on Friday, August 30. The new gate system will go into affect on Monday, September 16.

Memberships are renewed a year from the date of purchase at the Phillips Recreation Center; 505 W Stoughton, Urbana. Online and phone registration is not possible at this time. The following is required:

  • Provide a copy of your dog's current vaccination record, showing proof of distemper and rabies vaccination.
  • Acknowledgement that you have read the rules.
  • Complete and sign the registration form.
  • Pay the membership fee. Resident and non-resident rates apply.
  • For purposes of dog park membership, a resident is considered a resident of the Urbana Park District or Champaign Park District. Contact a staff member at 217-367-1544 if you are unsure if you live in the boundaries of the park districts. See a UPD Boundary Map.
  • Reciprocal Agreement: The Urbana Park District and Champaign Park District have a reciprocal agreement that allows for a resident of one district to participate in programs at the other district at the resident rate.
  • Your membership will include a fob to open the electronic gate at the dog park entrance. It will be active through the duration of your membership or unless park use is revoked. The fob fee is $10/fob. You may purchase more than one to share with family members. Replacement fobs are also $10/fob.
  • Use your gate fob to enter the park. The fob will expire one year from purchase.

Membership Fee

  • Resident: $41/dog + $10 fob fee
  • Non-Resident: $61/dog + $10 fob fee
  • Additional Dogs: $6/dog (members my take up to three dogs to the park at one visit)
  • Additional Fob: $10/fob
  • Monthly Trial Pass: $10 + $10 fob fee

Monthly Trial Pass

Daily passes are not offered. Visitors may purchase a monthly trial visitor pass for $10 plus the $10 fob fee. If in that month, the patron wishes to purchase a year's membership, their trial pass fee will be applied toward an annual membership fee. All rules and membership requirements are expected.

Two Memberships for Discount!

The Champaign Park District operates the Bark Park on the corner of Windsor and Rising Roads. The two park districts have an agreement that allows members to purchase a Bark Park gate fob for just $10. Members must take a copy of their membership receipt to the Champaign Park District to register for the additional dog park access. Rules for both parks are the same.

See the membership manual for complete rules and other important information.

To become a member, complete this dog park registration form and turn it in at the Phillips Recreation Center.

Join the Dog Park e-newsletter list and receive information about the Dog Park as well as dog community events, dog training information and tips about dog care.


Dog Park Rules & Regulations

When you complete and sign the membership form, you agree to abide by the following rules. Infraction of any rules can result in temporary or permanent loss of park privileges.

  1. The dog owner agrees to assume the full risk of any injuries, damages or loss connected with or associated with the use of the dog park. Owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs and may be subject to state laws and local ordinances concerning dangerous or vicious dogs.
  2. Annual membership is for year-to-date of purchase. Membership is not pro-rated or refundable.
  3. All dogs must be current with required vaccinations and be registered with the county.
  4. Registered member dogs must wear a county registration tag. Members must carry a photo ID with them and present upon request.
  5. Dogs must be leashed while entering and exiting the park. Member must have a leash at all times. Please remove pinch (prong) collars and spike collars from dogs before entering the park. Other dogs can be injured while playing.
  6. Dogs may not be left unattended or out of sight or voice command. A member age 16 or older must be present at all times and is solely responsible for the actions of their dog(s). Always keep an eye on your dog. Never leave your dog unattended.
  7. Children must be at least 6 years old and accompanied by a parent or guardian to enter the park. Some dogs exhibit unpredictable behavior around small children.
  8. Dogs known to exhibit vicious, fierce, aggressive, or dangerous behavior are not permitted in the Dog Park. If your dog becomes unruly or aggressive towards other dogs, you must leash your dog and exit the enclosure immediately. Excessive barking is strongly discouraged.
  9. Female dogs in heat are not permitted in the park.
  10. Dogs less than four months old are not permitted in the park. Puppies are not fully vaccinated and are vulnerable to disease and injury.
  11. Cooperation between members is expected and required.
  12. Members must immediately pick up after their dog(s). Bags and trash cans are provided for waste disposal.
  13. Food (people food, dog food or dog treats) is not allowed in the park. Many owners do not feed treats and some dogs may be allergic. Food may also make a dog aggressive.
  14. Smoking is not permitted inside the Dog Park. Cigarette butts can be dangerous if swallowed.
  15. Members are limited to three dogs per visit.
  16. Maintenance needs of the site will vary on weather and use. You may be asked to leave the dog park during maintenance activities.
  17. Dogs, owners and users creating a disturbance or violating posted rules must leave the dog park if requested be law enforcement personnel, park personnel, or their designated agents.
  18. Infraction of any of these rules can result in  temporary or permanent loss of park privileges.


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