The Town of Normal offers two dog parks within the community. Both parks provide the public leash-free facilities to exercise and promote interaction between animals and owners. Each park includes separate small and large dog areas. There are also oversized concrete pads, shade structures, bench seating and water fountains available.
- Maxwell Park- 1850 Gregory St. (Temporarily Closed Fall 2021 through Spring 2022 for updates)
- Shepard Park- 705 Hershey Rd.
Professional training is strictly prohibited at the facilities.
Dog Park Rules
When using Town of Normal dog park facilities, dog owners agree to the following:
- The dog owner agrees to assume the full risk of any injuries, damages or loss associated with their use of the Dog Park.
- A handler age 16 or older must be present at all times and is solely responsible for the actions of their dog(s). Handlers are limited to three dogs per visit.
- Children must be at least 6 years of age and accompanied by a parent or guardian to enter the park. It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to supervise their children at all times to prevent accidents.
- Dogs must be leashed while entering and exiting the park. Handler must have a leash in their possession at all times. Dog owners must remain with their dogs in the exercise area and must keep their dog in sight at all times.
- Always open and close the dog park gates carefully. Call your dog away from the gate while other dogs are entering or leaving.
- Dogs showing aggression towards people or other dogs must be immediately leashed and removed from the dog park.
- Excessive barking is strongly discouraged.
- Dogs must be must have current vaccinations and wear up-to-date county rabies vaccination tags at all times. Owner information tags are also highly recommended.
- Dogs in heat are not allowed in the dog park. Puppies using the park must be older than six months.
- Owners must clean up and dispose of waste left by their dog. Plastic baggies and garbage cans are available on the premises. Failing to clean up after animals will result in loss of privileges to use the park.
- Don't give treats to other dogs without asking the owner's permission. Rawhide is not allowed in the Dog Park.
- Professional dog trainers may not use this facility for the conduct of their business.
- Infraction of any of these rules can result in temporary or permanent loss of park privileges.