Forest Preserve District reports 10% picnic permit sales increase

 New online system debuts

The Forest Preserves of Cook County sold 993 picnic permits on Jan. 2, “Permits Opening Day.”

This represents a nearly 10 percent increase over the 905 permits booked on Opening Day last year.

Due to inclement weather and the debut of a new online system, ActiveNet, a higher percentage of permits were purchased online this year, rather than in person.

A picnic permit must be obtained by groups of 25 or more. Only two picnic permits per person or organization are allowed per year.

Permit prices vary based on the size of the group and the amenities brought into the groves.

Picnic permits are available online at 24 hours a day and in person Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Returning this year are extended peak hours. From May through August, hours will be Mondays through Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Requests for permits for groups larger than 399 people will now be available online as of Jan. 13, and may still also be purchased in-person at the River Forest General Headquarters location.