Welcome to Frankfort Bark Park. The Bark Park is a unique and special park for your four-legged friend. It is a members-only park, which means you must register your dog with the Frankfort Park District to receive an access card.
The Bark Park is located at 80th Ave. & Sauk Trail, northwest corner of Commissioners Park.
Frankfort Bark Park opened in May 2007. Operation Playground led this project to completion. With the help of the Frankfort Park District (who donated the 3 acres), community volunteers, the generosity of local businesses who donated time, talent and materials, and the volunteers who conducted fundraising and community outreach, Operation Playground was able to complete this project without the use of any tax dollars.
In 2008, the Bark Park was recognized as one of the nation’s top ten dog parks by Dog Fancy Magazine. The park’s sophisticated card entry system that tracks dog vaccination records was a key feature that contributed to earning this recognition.
Lights – Push Button to Start
Lights are available at the bark park October thru February from 4 – 8 pm. The activation button is located along the walking path as you enter the Bark Park and must be pressed in order for the lights to go on. The lights are on a timer and will turn off at 8 pm. If there are any issues with the lights during the 4 – 8 pm timeframe, please contact the Frankfort Park District at 815-469-9400.
Bark Park Update 5.26.2020
In accordance with Phase 3 of the reopening of Illinois, the Bark Park at Commissioners Park will reopen on Friday, May 29. The Park District thanks you for your patience and cooperation during the Covid Pandemic closures. Bark Park memberships were set to expire on April 15th. The park closed on March 14, therefore current memberships will be extended through the end of June.
New memberships will begin July 1. Registration packets are available online. Starting June 1, the office hours at the Founders Center, 140 Oak Street, will be 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Annual memberships that are not renewed by July 1st will be deactivated.
2020 Membership Season Rates:
Membership packets can be completed and emailed, mailed or dropped off.
To eliminate a gap in memberships, you can submit your application via email to info@Frankfortparks.org
- Annual Fee: $60 per family – Resident of Frankfort: $50 park fee/$10 card fee.
- Annual Fee: $65 per family – Non-Resident: $55 park fee/$10 card fee.
- Renewing members will pay $50 (resident) or $55 (non-resident)
(If you no longer have your key card, you will need to pay the $10).
Important Dates and Details:
New memberships will begin July 1.
- Current 2019 keys will be extended through the end of June 2020.
- 2020 keys will be available for purchase starting Monday, June 1, 2020.
- A 2020 registration packet needs to be completed.
- Bring a copy of your dog’s current shot records (these can be obtained from your veterinarian’s office).
- Registration packets can be found on the link below or at the Park District office.
Your membership dollars go back into the park to help maintain and improve it. This is a great park. Please abide by all rules, be good mentors to new members, watch your dog at all times, and most of all, enjoy your time at the park with your canine companion. This park was built for them.
The following guidelines for the Bark Park should be adhered to:
- You or your dog feeling sick? DO NOT enter the dog park.
- Been in contact with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms? DO NOT enter the dog park.
- Keep 6 feet distance from others (avoid handshakes and contact with others).
- Observe current face covering guidelines.
- Avoid touching or coming in contact with other dogs.
- Limit contact with high touch equipment in dog park (gates, benches, etc.)
- Vacate the premises when finished.
Please Note: Restrooms are available. Water fountains remain OFF per DCEO guidelines. Come prepared with your own water and hand sanitizer.
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Please take the time to read through this and educate yourself about the rules and etiquette. We take safety at the park very seriously. Familiarizing yourself with the rules and etiquette will help you and your pet enjoy your time at Frankfort Bark Park.
Note: For safety reasons, children 11 and under are not allowed in the dog run areas.
- Dogs can be unpredictable and rambunctious. Some dogs don’t respond well to children running by fast with arms flailing and yelling. Because of this, we highly recommend not bringing any children into the dog run areas for their own protection. Children should not handle any dog toys that are lying around in the park and should always ask the handler before petting a strange dog.
- Entering and exiting a dog park is a stressful and exciting event for a dog. Please allow others to enter and exit before you do. This will reduce stress and confrontations between dogs as they are entering the play areas. Be sure to securely close all gates behind you for the safety of all.
- Dogs must be on leash when in Commissioners Park. After entering the Bark Park, let your dog off-leash. Leashed dogs feel threatened when they are around un-leashed dogs. If you are uncomfortable with letting your dog off-leash, it is recommended you don’t visit the dog park. If your dog wears a prong collar, it must be removed so other dogs do not get caught on it.
- Supervise your dog during the entire visit to the park. When a new dog enters the park, be aware of where your dog is. Having a group of dogs greet you at the gate can feel threatening to some dogs; don’t allow dogs to congregate around the entrance. Keep your leash with you at all times.
- Some dogs like to mount—if yours is one of these, you must immediately discourage this activity to avoid any aggression problems from other dogs, or leave the park.
- Dog fights are rare in dog parks, but if one does occur, the best method to break it up is to grab both dogs’ hind legs and direct them in opposite directions. Block any eye contact the dogs can make with each other. Dogs that remain unruly towards another dog must be removed immediately.
- If your dog injures another dog or owner, be sure to give your name and phone number to the injured party. You are legally and financially responsible for your dog’s actions and any harm it causes to others. See Dog Incident Policy.
- Pick up your dog’s droppings and any “orphaned” droppings; carry extra bags with you. Bags and waste receptacles are available. This is your park; help keep it clean and sanitary for all of our dogs.Frankfort Bark Park reserves the right to suspend or revoke park privileges to any member who fails to follow park rules and etiquette. Safety first—please be courteous to your fellow Bark Park members and help keep the park clean, safe and enjoyable for all.
Frankfort Bark Park is a Members-Only park. You must purchase a membership at the Frankfort Park District to gain access for you and your dog. Unauthorized entries will promptly be reported to the Frankfort Police.
Members are encouraged to call the Police to report an unauthorized entry.