Callahan-Franklin Dog Exercise Area

Amenities include:

  • Fenced exercise areas for large and small dogs, off leash play
  • Dog and human drinking fountain, waste disposal bags

Thank you for your interest in the Callahan-Franklin Dog Exercise Area at Larsen Nature Preserve. The Waukegan Park District recognizes the special relationship that people have with their dogs. The Callahan-Franklin Dog Exercise Area is a place that offers an an off-leash play area in a park setting. It provides a source of open space, fresh air and recreation for exercise and social interaction.

The Callahan-Franklin Dog Exercise Area located in the Larsen Nature Preserve at 1720 Western Avenue in Waukegan. Amenities include separate play areas for small and large dogs, parking, benches, picnic table, shade, fencing, waste containers and bags and a dog drinking fountain. This special park enables dogs to exercise and socialize safely. The dog park is a favorite “meet-up” spot for canine and human alike.


  • Open from sunrise to sunset.
  • Owners are responsible for controlling their dogs.
  • Please close gate when entering or leaving site.
  • Please leash pets outside exercise area.

Restrictions (Prohibited)

  • Bicycles
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Horses
  • Firearms
  • Game animals