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Canine Commons Memberships Available May 5th

April 30, 2014 12:38 PM

Canine Commons Memberships Available May 5th

Membership allows entry and exclusive perks thanks to local businesses


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL. - Arlington Heights and Mt. Prospect residents and their four-legged friends will soon have a place to call their own come Saturday, June 21 at 10am when the 1.82-acre Canine Commons at Melas Park officially opens to members.

Access to Canine Commons requires registration.

Membership is required for all residents wishing to enjoy the Canine Commons dog park and may be purchased beginning May 5, 2014. As an extra bonus, every household buying a membership will receive a free foldable water bowl* compliments of Dog PlayDay Care located in Mt. Prospect. In addition, all members will automatically be entered** to win free food for six (6) months for either a small or large dog, compliments of Bentley’s Corner Barkery of Arlington Heights. Two winners will be announced at the grand opening on June 21st. Winners must be present to collect their prize. *While supplies last, one per household. **One entry per household.

How can residents purchase a Canine Commons membership?
Step 1 – Obtain a current dog license and vaccinations.

Current dog licenses are required. Current vaccinations required for a Canine Commons membership are rabies, hepatitis, distemper, para influenza, parvo virus, laptosparosis, test for internal parasites and kennel cough/bordetella. You will need to bring proof of these items with you when you register.

Step 2 – Purchase your membership at the Arlington Heights Park District Administration Center.
  • Administration Center located at 410 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

After Monday, May 5th memberships will be available during regular business hours at the above locations.

You will need to bring a completed dog park application, plus proof of dog license and vaccinations. Payment may be made by cash, check or credit card (Visa, M/C, Discover). You will be issued a key fob that will allow you and your dog/s access to the Canine Commons gated area. There is a limit of four (4) dogs per household in Arlington Heights. Residents are reminded to refrain from bringing dogs into the Administration Center when purchasing a membership.

Dog License Information

Licenses are required for all dogs four months of age or older. Dog licenses may be purchased in person at the Finance counter in Village Hall located at 33 S. Arlington Heights Rd. For questions regarding dog licenses, contact the Village of Arlington Heights directly at 847.368.5000.

2014 Canine Commons Annual Membership Fees
(Go on sale May 5th, 2014; Special evening registration from 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM)

Good through June 30, 2015

Available to Arlington Heights and Mt. Prospect residents only.

Where to buy– AHPD Administration Center, 410 N. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60004.

  • Yearly pass (one dog) $50
  • Second dog $25
  • Third dog $25
  • Fourth dog $25

• Replacement key fob $5

Fee may be waived for Certified Service Dogs. Please contact John Robinson, superintendent of recreation with special needs or waiver requests at 847.506.7131.

Canine Commons is a joint venture between the Arlington Heights and Mt. Prospect Park District’s and will offer 1.82 acres of lush outdoor space for dogs to run and play while pet owners mingle with one another. Situated at Melas Park, 1500 W. Central Road, the dog park will feature signage with rules/regulations of park use, two separate areas to accommodate small and large dogs (25 lbs). The space will also feature a canopy for shade as well as benches, trash receptacles and waste receptacles with bag dispensers.

The park is the first and only dog park in both Arlington Heights and Mt. Prospect.

"The Canine Commons dog park is a wonderful example of how a public partnership, between the Arlington Heights Park District and the Mt. Prospect Park District, can work to accomplish what has been an unmet need in both communities," said Brian Meyer, director of recreation and facilities at AHPD. "We’ve been very pleased with the collaboration on this project and I know Arlington Heights residents are very excited the dog park is opening soon," said Meyer.

Dog Park Rules and Regulations

For the health and safety of our dogs and everyone who enters the Canine Commons gated area, both districts have jointly developed usage rules and regulations. Members must familiarize themselves with these rules and regulations prior to entering the dog park.

Residents may find the complete rules/regulations, membership procedures and application for membership here.

Arlington Heights Park District Mission

The Arlington Heights Park District enriches the community by providing quality recreation, facilities and fun.



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