Once warmer weather begins, pet owners are anxious to enjoy Evanston’s public areas and parks with their pets.

However, in March 2009, the Evanston Parks/Forestry and Recreation Department received increased reports of dog bites; people as well as other dogs have been injured.

Residents are asked to remember that City ordinance requires dogs and cats to be on leash while in public playgrounds and in public parks. In addition, even if animals are on leash, dogs and cats are not allowed on school property or upon a path or sidewalk extending through or within any school premises. They also are not allowed on public bathing beaches at any time. The ordinance does not apply to service animals.

Any person violating the provisions of City Ordinance Title 9, Chapter 4, which addresses restraint of animals, shall be fined not less than $10 nor more than $500 for each offense, and a separate offense shall be deemed committed upon each and every day such violation continues.

The City operates a dog beach and dog park (Pooch Park). An annual pass is required for admission to these facilities. Call 847-666-2900 for details.

For complete information on the dog beach, go to www.cityofevanston.org/departments/parks/beach_dog.shtml.

For complete information on Pooch Park, go to www.cityofevanston.org/