Canine Commons

dog in fenced area

Canine Commons is a joint venture between the Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect Park Districts with 1.82 acres of lush outdoor space for dogs to run, play, and socialize unleashed while owners mingle. Situated at Melas Park, the dog park has three enclosures: one enclosure exclusively for dogs under 25 lbs. and two rotating enclosures for larger dogs. The park also features shade trees, picnic tables, and waste receptacles with bag dispensers.


Membership requirements


Proof of Village of Arlington Heights dog license.

You may apply for or renew a dog license at Arlington Heights Village Hall, 33 South Arlington Heights Road. Click here for VAH dog license information.

Proof of current vaccines and exams. Dogs must be at least 4 months old.

  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Parvovirus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Rabies
  • Fecal Test

Annual Membership Fees

  • $50 for the first dog
  • $25 for each additional dog, up to three dogs total

Dog Park Rules and Regulations

For the health and safety of the dogs, the owners, and all who use Melas Park, members must observe Canine Commons rules and regulations when using the dog park. Click here to read Rules & Regulations.

How to purchase a membership

The Arlington Heights Park District may have a wait list.

Memberships are limited to residents of the Arlington Heights and Mount Prospect Park District, and residents must register through their home Park District. Please be aware that Village resident boundaries are Park District resident boundaries are not identical.

Arlington Heights Park District residents, please contact Kevin Wollnik at If we have available memberships, we will send you registration materials and instructions. If we have a wait list, we will ask for your contact information and reach out to you as soon as a membership is available.

Mount Prospect Park District residents, contact the Mount Prospect Park District at 847.255.5380 for registration information.

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