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Dogs in New York City Parks

You and your dog are welcome in New York City parks! There are numerous opportunities to enjoy the outdoors with your dog. Just remember to be safe, obey the rules, and respect the park and others.

Rules and Regulations

With proof of current dog license and rabies vaccination, owners can allow dogs to run off-leash in certain designated areas from the time the park opens until 9 a.m. AND from 9 p.m. until the park closes.

Continue reading rules & regulations.

NYC Pet Owners Guide

This guide outlines rules and suggestions, so that all New Yorkers can enjoy our about 29,000 acres of parkland.

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Where to Go With Your Dog

No dogs allowed: Dogs are not permitted in these areas at any time. These areas include playgrounds, zoos, swimming pools/facilities, bathing areas/beaches, fountains, ballfields, or on basketball/handball/tennis courts.

Beaches and Bathing Facilties: Dogs are not allowed to enter any bathing facilities, including New York City beaches. However, as a courtesy, leashed dogs are allowed on the sand and boardwalk at Rockaway Beach, Coney Island & Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Midland Beach, and South Beach from October 1 until May 1. No unleashed dogs are allowed on the sand at all New York City beaches. Leashed dogs are allowed on the boardwalk/promenade at Orchard Beach, Coney Island, Brighton, Midland, South, and Manhattan Beaches.

Dogs must be on leash at all times: Dogs must be kept on a leash (no more than six feet long) at all times when in these areas.

Designated Off-Leash Areas: Certain park areas allow dogs to be off-leash from the time the park opens until 9 a.m. AND from 9 p.m. until the park closes. Dog owners/attendants with dogs off-leash in these designated areas must obey all general rules, including having their dog under control at all times, licensing the dog, and carrying proof of the dog's rabies vaccination. Parks that contain designated off-leash areas are listed by borough below. Reminder: Off-leash rules do not apply to park areas where dogs are strictly prohibited (e.g. playgrounds, tennis courts, athletic fields, and basketball/handball courts).

Dog Runs: Dog runs are large, fenced-in areas for dogs to exercise unleashed. Created with the expertise of a Parks Department landscape architect and volunteers, the runs encourage play while supplying good drainage, safe lighting, and healthy plantings.

Locations

Adam Yauch Park Dog Run

Address: Columbia Place & State Street
Type: Run

Asser Levy Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Surf Avenue, Sea Breeze Avenue, West 5th Street, Ocean Parkway
Type: Off-Leash

Breukelen Park Off-Leash Area

Address: All areas excluding the playground and ballfields
Type: Off-Leash

Brooklyn Bridge Park Dog Run

Address: Adams Street and N/S Plymouth Street
Type: Run

Brooklyn War Memorial Off-Leash Area

Address: Cadman Plaza Park, Cadman Plaza West & East & Prospect Street
Type: Off-Leash

Canarsie Park Off-Leash Area

Address: All areas excluding the playground, ballfields, and Natural Areas.
Type: Off-Leash

Coffey Park Off-Leash Area

Address: King Street, Richards Street, and Verona Street at Dwight and Pioneer Streets
Type: Off-Leash

Cooper Park Dog Run

Address: Olive Street and Maspeth Avenue
Type: Run

DiMattina Park Dog Run

This facility is currently closed. Details
The park will be closed to construct separate dog runs for both small and large dogs in Dimattina Park. The dog runs will encourage safe and open play while supplying proper drainage, safe lighting, and various healthy plantings. New features will include permeable surfaces, benches, fences, drinking fountains, and improved odor and dust control.
Address: Hicks & Woodhull streets
Type: Run

Dyker Beach Park Dog Run

This facility is currently closed. Details
Separate dog runs for both small and large dogs in Dyker Beach Park will be built at the intersection of 7th Avenue and 86th Street. The dog runs will encourage safe and open play while supplying proper drainage, safe lighting, and various healthy plantings. New features will include permeable surfaces, benches, fences, drinking fountains, and improved odor and dust control.
Address: 7th Avenue and 86th Street
Type: Run

Dyker Beach Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Cropsey Avenue, Bay 8th Street, and Poly Place
Type: Off-Leash

Fort Greene Park Off-Leash Area

Address: DeKalb Avenue & Washington Park
Type: Off-Leash

Friends Field Park Off-Leash Area

Address: East 4th Street, Avenue L, and McDonald Avenue
Type: Off-Leash

Fulton Park Off-Leash Area

Type: Off-Leash

Grand Ferry Park Off-Leash Area

Type: Off-Leash

Herbert Von King Park Dog Run

Address: Marcy Avenue & Lafayette Avenue
Type: Run

Herbert Von King Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Marcy Avenue & Lafayette Avenue
Type: Off-Leash

Hillside Park Dog Run

Address: Columbia Heights & Middagh Street
Type: Run

J.J. Byrne Memorial Park Dog Run

Address: 3rd to 4th streets, 4th to 5th avenues
Type: Run

John Paul Jones Park Off-Leash Area

Address: 4th Avenue and 101st Street
Type: Off-Leash

Kaiser Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Neptune Avenue between West 24th Street & Bayview Avenue, Coney Island Creek
Type: Off-Leash

Leif Ericson Park Off-Leash Area

Address: 67th Street between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue
Type: Off-Leash

Lincoln Terrace Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Eastern Parkway between Buffalo and Rochester avenues
Type: Off-Leash

Macri Square Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Union Turnpike and Metropolitan Avenue
Type: Off-Leash
Notes: Off-leash dogs are permitted throughout this small park.

Manhattan Beach Dog Run

Address: East of Ocean Avenue, North Shore Rockaway inlet
Type: Run

Marine Park Off-Leash Area

Address: All areas excluding the playgrounds, ballfields, and Natural Areas.
Type: Off-Leash

McCarren Park Dog Run

Address: North 12th Street, Driggs Avenue and Union Avenue
Type: Run

McGolrick Park Dog Run

Address: North Henry Street and Driggs Avenue
Type: Run

McKinley Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Fort Hamilton Parkway, 7th Avenue, 73rd Street to 75th Street
Type: Off-Leash

Mount Prospect Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Eastern Parkway between Washington and Underhill avenues
Type: Off-Leash

Owls Head Park Dog Run

This facility is currently closed. Details
Owl's Head Park is under construction at the intersection of Shore Road and 68th Street to reconstruct dog runs for both small and large dogs in Owl’s Head Park. The dog runs will encourage safe and open play while supplying proper drainage, safe lighting, and various healthy plantings. New features will include permeable surfaces, benches, fences, drinking fountains, and improved odor and dust control.
Address: 68th Street and Shore Road
Type: Run

Prospect Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Middle & Upper Long Meadow (excludes ballfield area in the Lower Long Meadow), Nethermead, Peninsula.
Type: Off-Leash

Shore Road Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Shore Road, 4th Avenue to 69th Street
Type: Off-Leash

Sunset Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Sunset Park Oval lawn area only, center of park 44th Street, 41st Street, 6th Avenue
Type: Off-Leash

Alley Pond Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Grand Central Parkway/Winchester Boulevard/Kingsbury Avenue
Type: Off-Leash

Astoria Park Off-Leash Area

Type: Off-Leash

Baisley Pond Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Between119th and 123rd avenues
Type: Off-Leash

Baisley Pond Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Lakevien Lane between Foch Boulevard and Lakeview Lane East
Type: Off-Leash

Bayswater Park Off-Leash Area

Type: Off-Leash

Crocheron Park Off-Leash Area

Address: By gazebos, west of 35 Avenue & Cross Island Parkway
Type: Off-Leash

Cunningham Park Dog Run

Address: 193rd Street between Aberdeen Road & Radnor Road
Type: Run

Flushing Meadows Corona Park Off-Leash Area

Type: Off-Leash

Forest Park Dog Run

Address: Park Lane South & 85th Street
Type: Run

Forest Park Off-Leash Area

Address: 85 Street and 84 Street and Park Lane South
Type: Off-Leash

Hunter's Point South Park Dog Run

Type: Run

Juniper Valley Park Off-Leash Area

Type: Off-Leash

La Guardia Landing Lights Off-Leash Area

Type: Off-Leash

Landing Lights Off-Leash Area

Address: Grand Central Parkway, 81 Street & 82 Street & Astoria Boulevard, 23 Avenue 84, 24 thru 30 Avenues, 77 Street through 81 Street
Type: Off-Leash

Little Bay Park Dog Run

Address: North side of the Cross Island Parkway & Utopia Parkway
Type: Run

MacNeil Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Mainly zone #1
Type: Off-Leash

Murray Playground Dog Run

This facility is currently closed. Details
A portion of John F. Murray Playground is currently under construction. The playground and field areas continue to be accessible while this project is underway. This renovation includes new lawns, tiered seating, a performance area, a new source water for the dog run, additional trees and plantings, and new fencing.
Address: 21st Street & 45th Road (southeastern side of the park)
Type: Run

Queensbridge Park Off-Leash Area

Type: Off-Leash

Rainey Park Off-Leash Area

Type: Off-Leash

Ralph DeMarco Park Off-Leash Area

Type: Off-Leash

Rockaway Community Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Almeda Avenue between Beach 51st Street and Beach 54th Street
Type: Off-Leash

Rockaway Freeway Dog Park

Address: Rockaway Freeway and Beach 84th Street
Type: Run

Sherry Park Dog Run

Address: Queens Boulevard, 65 Place, and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway
Type: Run

Springfield Park Off-Leash Area

Type: Off-Leash

Torsney/Lou Lodati Playground Dog Run

Address: 43rd Street & Skillman Avenue
Type: Run

Underbridge Playground Dog Run

Address: 64th Avenue/64th Road on Grand Central Parkway service road
Type: Run

Veteran's Grove Dog Run

Address: Judge Street & Whitney Avenue (south side of Park)
Type: Run

Windmuller Park Dog Run (Doughboy Plaza)

Address: Woodside Avenue, 54-56 streets
Type: Run

Yellowstone Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Sitting area located at 68 Road and Yellowstone Boulevard.
Type: Off-Leash
Notes: Hours: 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. only

Allison Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Field at the end of the trail bordered by Prospect Avenue, Sailors Snug Harbor Cemetery, and the pond.
Type: Off-Leash

Amundsen Trail Off-Leash Area

Address: Between Amboy Road and Hylan Boulevard
Type: Off-Leash

Arthur Von Briesen Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Lawn area, mid-park right side
Type: Off-Leash

Bloomingdale Park Dog Run

Address: Maguire Avenue behind athletic fields closer to Romona Avenue
Type: Run

Clove Lakes Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Open field above picnic area near Royal Oak Rd. & Rice Ave.
Type: Off-Leash

Clove Lakes Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Brookside Avenue between Alpine Court & Kingsley Avenue (lawn area)
Type: Off-Leash

Clove’s Tail Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Lawn area, corner of Victory Boulevard & Little Clove Road
Type: Off-Leash

Conference House Park Off-Leash Area

Address: South of Visitors Center on Satterlee Street between Claremont Avenue & Billopp Street
Type: Off-Leash

Cozzens Woods Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Page Avenue between Hylan Boulevard & Amboy Road
Type: Off-Leash

Crescent Beach Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Tennyson Drive & Glover Avenue. Located at meadow area leading to beach
Type: Off-Leash

Evergreen Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Greaves Avenue & Evergreen Street
Type: Off-Leash

Father Macris Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Lawn area beyond ballfield
Type: Off-Leash

Lemon Creek Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Bottom of Seguine Avenue at Johnston Terrace; just below playground
Type: Off-Leash

Ocean Breeze Park Off-Leash Area

Type: Off-Leash

Silver Lake Park Dog Run

Address: Victory Boulevard below the pavilion, across from the Parkview Apartments
Type: Run

South Beach Park Off-Leash Area

Type: Off-Leash
Notes: On sand after Labor Day and before Memorial Day

Willowbrook Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Archery Range Field
Type: Off-Leash

Wolfe's Pond Park Dog Run

Address: Run is to left of Cornelia Avenue
Type: Run

Bronx Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Unionport & Sagamore on Bronx Park East to 233rd Street
Type: Off-Leash

Claremont Park Off-Leash Area

Type: Off-Leash

Crotona Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Except for playgrounds and other areas where dogs are expressly prohibited via signage, all areas of the park are off-leash during designated hours.
Type: Off-Leash

Devoe Park Off-Leash Area

Address: 192nd & Jerome Avenue
Type: Off-Leash

Ewen Park Dog Run

Address: Riverdale to Johnson avenues, south of West 232nd Street
Type: Run

Frank S. Hackett Park Dog Run

Address: Riverdale Avenue at Henry Hudson Parkway
Type: Run

Franz Sigel Park Dog Run

Address: Center of the park, just north of the ballfields which would line up with around 155th Street.
Type: Run

Henry Hudson Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Kappock Street and Independence Avenue
Type: Off-Leash

Hylan Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Except for playgrounds and other areas where dogs are expressly prohibited via signage, all areas of the park are off-leash during designated hours.
Type: Off-Leash

Joseph Rodham Drake Park Off-Leash Area

Type: Off-Leash

Macombs Dam Park Off-Leash Area

Type: Off-Leash

Mullaly Park Off-Leash Area

Type: Off-Leash

Pelham Bay Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Middletown Road & Stadium Avenue, northwest of parking lot.
Type: Off-Leash
Notes: The dog run at Pelham Bay Park is close to Watt Avenue and Middletown Road. Both streets merge at the entrance to the parking lot on Middletown Road. The dog run is about 100 yards east of that point.
Please download our map of permitted on-leash dog areas.

Richman (Echo) Park Off-Leash Area

Type: Off-Leash

Riverdale Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Palisade Avenue from West 232 Street to West 254 Street
Type: Off-Leash

Seton Park Dog Run

Address: West 232nd Street & Independence Avenue
Type: Run

Siren Slope Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Bailey Avenue and West 230 Street
Type: Off-Leash

Spuyten Duyvil Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Palisade Avenue and Independence Avenue
Type: Off-Leash

St. James Park Off-Leash Area

Address: 92nd & Jerome Avenue
Type: Off-Leash
Notes: St. James closes at 9:00 p.m. and opens at 7:00 a.m. Therefore, the off-leash policy only applies between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.

Tremont Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Except for playgrounds and other areas where dogs are expressly prohibited via signage, all areas of the park are off-leash during designated hours.
Type: Off-Leash

University Woods Park Off-Leash Area

Type: Off-Leash

Van Cortlandt Park Dog Run

Address: Broadway and 252 Street
Type: Run

Wallenberg Forest Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Palisade Avenue, Douglas Avenue, West 235 Street
Type: Off-Leash

Williamsbridge Oval Dog Run

Address: 3225 Reservoir Oval East
Type: Run

Carl Schurz Park Dog Run (2 runs)

Address: East End Avenue to East River from Gracie Square (East 84th Street) to 89th Street
Type: Run

Central Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Though there are no enclosed dog runs, there are 23 particularly dog-friendly areas scattered throughout the Park.
Type: Off-Leash
Notes: Please see Central Park Conservancy's Dog-Friendly Areas document for details.

Chelsea Waterside Park Dog Run

Address: 11th Ave and 22nd Street
Type: Run
Notes: *Please note: this dog run is administered by the Hudson River Park Trust.
More information.

Coleman Oval Park Dog Run

Address: Pike and Monroe streets
Type: Run

Corlears Hook Park Dog Run

Address: Cherry Street and Jackson Street (on the north side of the park building)
Type: Run

De Witt Clinton Park Dog Run (2 runs)

Address: West 52nd Street & West 54th Street, between 10th & 11th avenues
Type: Run

East River Esplanade at 63rd Street Dog Run

Address: East River at 63rd Street
Type: Run

East River Park Off-Leash Area

Address: In the sunken circle area only (between Delancey and Houston Streets next to tennis courts).
Type: Off-Leash

Fish Bridge Park Dog Run

Address: Dover Street, between Pearl & Water Street
Type: Run

Fort Tryon Park Dog Run

Address: Margaret Corbin Drive
Type: Run
Notes: More information.

Ft. Washington Park Off-Leash Area

Address: 165th Street & Riverside Drive
Type: Off-Leash

Highbridge Park Dog Run

Address: Amsterdam and Fort George avenues
Type: Run
Notes: More Information.

Hudson River Park Dog Run (Greenwich Village)

Address: Leroy Street at the northeast corner of Pier 40
Type: Run
Notes: More information.

Hudson River Park Dog Run (North Chelsea)

Address: Pier 84 at West 44th Street
Type: Run
Notes: More information.

Inwood Hill Park Dog Run: Homer's Run

Address: Seaman Avenue & Isham Street
Type: Run
Notes: Seaman Avenue & Isham Street, just north of the flagpole. More information at www.inwoof.com .

J. Hood Wright Park Dog Run

Address: Fort Washington & Haven Avenues, West 173rd Street
Type: Run

Madison Square Park Dog Run

Address: Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue between East 23rd Street & East 26th Street
Type: Run

Marcus Garvey Park Dog Run

Address: Madison Avenue and East 120th Street
Type: Run

Morningside Park Dog Run

Address: Morningside Avenue between 114th and 119th streets
Type: Run

Peter Detmold Park Dog Run

Address: West of FDR Drive, between East 49th & East 51st streets
Type: Run

Randalls Island Park Off-Leash Area

Address: Except for areas where dogs are expressly prohibited via signage, all areas of the park are off-leash during designated hours.
Type: Off-Leash
Notes: Off-leash hours for the island are before 9:00 a.m. and after 9:00 p.m.

Riverside Park Dog Run (3 runs)

Address: Riverside Drive at West 72nd, West 87th, West 105th
Type: Run
Notes: Dog Owners' Guide to Riverside Park

Robert Moses Park Dog Run

Address: 41st & 42nd streets at 1st Avenue
Type: Run

St. Nicholas Park Dog Run

Address: St Nicholas Avenue to St. Nicholas Terrace, West 128th to West 141 streets
Type: Run

Theodore Roosevelt Park Dog Run

Address: Central Park West at West 81st Street
Type: Run

Thomas Jefferson Park Dog Run

Address: East 112th Street and FDR Drive
Type: Run

Tompkins Square Park Dog Run

Address: 1st Avenue to Avenue B, from East 7th to East 10th streets
Type: Run
Accessible

Union Square Dog Run

Address: 15th Street & Union Square West
Type: Run

Washington Square Park Dog Run

Address: 5th Avenue, Waverly Place, West 4th Street, between McDougal & Thompson streets, south side of the park (behind building)
Type: Run

Obey the Rules and Regulations

  • Dogs must be on a leash (no more than six feet long) at all times, except in dog runs and designated off-leash areas at prescribed times.
  • You must pick up after your dog and dispose of the waste in containers provided throughout the park.
  • You must prevent your dog from chasing birds, squirrels, and other animals.
  • Dogs are never allowed in playgrounds, zoos, swimming pools/facilities, bathing areas/beaches*, fountains, ballfields, or on basketball/handball/tennis courts.

  • *In the off-season, the Commissioner may use his discretion to permit dogs in bathing areas/beaches.

See complete rules and regulations

Respect the Park and Others

Keep an eye on your dog at all times. Only you are responsible for your dog’s actions. Please remember that other park visitors may be afraid of your dog. Do not allow your dog to run and jump on other people or dogs without an invitation.

Do not allow your dog to drink from Park fountains, unless a special dog fountain is provided.

Be good to the grass. Heavy use in a given area compacts soil and damages the turf. Keep walking – you’ll see more and do less damage.

Please keep off wet grass. During and after a rainfall, topsoil is 20 times more vulnerable to compaction.

Rabies Vaccination and Dog Licensing

IT’S THE LAW. New York State law requires that dogs be vaccinated against rabies, and the New York City Health Code requires every dog owner/attendant carry with them proof of current dog license and rabies vaccination while in public. Dog owners may be fined for violation of these laws. To obtain an application for a dog license, contact the Department of Health & Mental Hygiene or call 311. You may also obtain an application from a veterinarian, animal shelter, or pet shop.

Resources

Keep your dog healthy and happy. Take your dog to a veterinarian for annual physical exams and innoculations against rabies and other diseases.

Contact Animal Care and Control at (212) 788-4000 for information about spaying or neutering, or visit them at www.nycacc.org. To report a problem or make suggestions, call 311.

City Dog Groups

New York Council of Dog Owners Groups
American Society For The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Fellowship in the Interest of Dogs & their Owners (FIDO) 888 604-3422
NY Council of Dog Owners
Central Park Paws
Juniper Valley Park Dog Association
Park Users and Pets Society
Silver Lake Reservoir Dogs
Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals
Dog Owner Groups of Staten Island
ARF–ARF

Video

It's My Park segment about Prospect Park Dog Beach.

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