No Dog Park in Crow Island Woods

Crow Island Woods is one of the two remaining sites being vetted by the Winnetka Park District for installation of an off-leash dog park.

See the details here:

We have a number of concerns regarding the proposed CIW dog park site:

  • Impact on the health and integrity of CIW’s oak savanna and sedge meadow areas. These are ecologically sensitive areas that have been under long-term stress due to the number of severe storms over the last decade, the loss of ash trees due to emerald ash borer infestation, ongoing drainage issues, and overall de-prioritization and lack of investment by WPD
  • Impact on neighborhood property values
  • Proximity to Crow Island school and the safety risk for the school children who walk through CIW daily, and the classes which use CIW for lessons and activities
  • Safety hazard of increased traffic on surrounding residential dead-end streets with no sidewalks, where community members regularly walk and ride bikes in the street
  • Impact on the aesthetic beauty of CIW
  • Proximity to two National Historic Landmarks: Crow Island School and Schmidt-Burnham Log House
  • Proximity to homes, which will experience disruption due to increased noise and activity levels. This added noise and activity will also detract from CIW’s peaceful, natural setting.
  • Potential decrease in park shelter/event revenues, e.g., scouting events/camp overnights, annual Crow Island family picnic
  • Lack of parking in densely populated residential and elementary school area


We encourage you to read WPD’s plans, and complete WPD’s dog park survey at, as well as the Winnetka Caucus survey which has several dog park questions.

WPD’s next board meeting is Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 5:30pm at the Administrative Office at 540 Hibbard Rd, Winnetka. Please attend to voice your concerns and/or stay updated on WPD news.

WPD is holding two on-site meetings for the community to look at the CIW dog park site. These will be held on Tuesday, June 25, from 10-11am and again from 7-8pm. Please attend to learn more and ask questions.

Dog Park Information from  the Association of Professional Dog Trainers:

Please sign the petition saying “No to Off-Leash Dog Park in Crow Island Woods” here: