Dog parks fees to be required as of Aug. 16

Starting Monday, Aug. 16, the Kenosha County Parks & Recreation Department will be requiring that all visitors purchase an annual dog tag or pay a daily fee to use the three Kenosha County Off-Leash Dog Parks.

Annual dog park tags are available for purchase at: the Kenosha County Treasurer’s Office in the Kenosha County Administration Building, 1010 56th St., Kenosha; the Kenosha County Center Elected Officials Office, 19600 75th St., Bristol; the Paddock Lake Municipal Building, 6969 236th Ave., Salem; the Pleasant Prairie Village Office, 9915 39th Ave., Pleasant Prairie; the Randall Town Hall, 34530 Bassett Road, Bassett; the Somers Town Office, 7511 12th St., Somers; the Twin Lakes Village Hall, 108 East Main St., Twin Lakes; and the Wheatland Town Hall, 34315 Geneva Road, New Munster.

Annual dog park tags purchased now will be valid through the end of 2011. The annual dog park tags are good for use at all three of the Kenosha County Off-Leash Dog Parks.

In order to purchase an annual dog tag or to use a daily pass, dogs must have a current, valid municipal dog license issued from the dog owner’s area of residence, including people who reside outside the county and outside of the state. A dog license is required to ensure the health and safety of all dogs using Kenosha County Dog Parks.

Applicants must bring proof of a current, valid dog license when applying for an annual dog tag. Those using daily passes must have the current, valid dog license tag visible on the dog’s collar or have some other proof of a valid license on their person.

Dog tags can be purchased by Kenosha County residents for $20/year, or $10/year for Kenosha County residents who are senior citizens or who are disabled. Kenosha County resident rates are available to people who live in Kenosha County, or who own property in Kenosha County.

The fee for non-residents is $25/year.

For those with multiple dogs, an additional fee of $5 for each dog in the same household, up to three dogs per applicant, will be applied. Upon purchase, a dog tag will be issued and must be worn on the dog’s collar or be kept by their person while using the dog parks.

The daily fee of $2 for Kenosha County residents and $5 for non-residents can be paid at each dog park. Daily fee envelopes and collection boxes will be placed at the entrance of each dog park; visitors will be expected to keep a tear-off tab from the envelope on their person while using the dog parks.

The Kenosha County Dog Parks are monitored. If a dog is observed in the dog park without an annual or a daily tag, the owner will be asked to purchase a daily tag or to leave.

Kenosha County’s three dog parks are:

  • The Warren Close Bark Park at KD Park, next to Bassett Park, 35610 89th St., Twin Lakes.
  • Old Settler’s Park, 24100 75th St., Salem.
  • The Carlisle Family Dog Park, located at Petrifying Springs Park, 4700 Highway JR, Kenosha.

Dog owners are also asked to read and adhere to the Dog Park Rules and Petiquette: Behavior Expectations. Please visit the Kenosha County Dog Parks website:

For additional information about the dog parks, the upcoming fee requirements, or related questions, call 857-1869.


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