IDPH puts down Dog Event at Splash Valley in Kankakee 


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KANKAKEE – An annual dog lovers event has been put down by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).

The Kankakee Valley Park District (KVPD) announced the cancellation of the “Pup Pool Pawtie” that was to be held at Splash Valley Aquatic Park in September this afternoon in a press release.

“We are heartbroken, as we received information this week from IDPH that we can no longer host this wonderful event.” KVPD said after announcing the event’s cancellation. “As long as we would not be using the pool or facilities again for the season for any human patrons after the Pup Pool Pawtie, humans would not be swimming in the pools along with the dogs and the facility would be closed for the season after the event, the Department of Environmental Health did not see why we could not host the event.”

The Pup Pool Pawtie was last held on September 11th, 2021.

The event will be replaced with a Howl-O-Ween Pawty at River Run Dog Park, Saturday October 15, 2022 from 10-1 pm. 

“Our furry friends will trick or treat from booth to booth to check out the latest and cutest pet products, stop at a photo booth, have a bobb for tennis balls, and even create paw art. Please mark your calendars! We look forward to seeing you and your loved pets at our Howl-O-Ween Pawty!”


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