Pelham Bay Park

 Dog-friendly Areas

Enjoy the outdoors with your dog in New York City parks! Remember to be safe, obey the rules, and respect the park and others.

Dog runs are re-open. Please continue to wear a face covering and maintain at least six feet of social distance from other households. Our off-leash rules still apply, but please note that the Center for Disease Control recommends that all dog owners keep their dogs on a leash and maintain at least six feet of distance from other people and animals.

Rules and Regulations

  • 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, please visit the New York City Department of Health website, or call 311. You may also obtain an application from a veterinarian, animal shelter, or pet shop.
  • 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 the 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 not permitted in playgrounds, zoos, fountains, ball fields, on basketball/handball/tennis courts, in swimming pools/facilities, bathing areas, and New York City beaches (see exceptions below).

Read complete rules & regulations.

Where to Go With Your Dog

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. Leashed dogs are allowed on the boardwalk/promenade at Orchard, Coney Island, Brighton, Midland, South, and Manhattan Beaches.

Dog Runs: Dog runs are large, fenced-in areas for dogs to exercise unleashed during park hours.

Designated Off-Leash Areas: Some park areas allow dogs to be off leash from the time the park opens until 9:00 a.m. and from 9:00 p.m. until the park closes.

List of Dog-friendly Areas

NameAddressTypeAccessibleNotes
Pelham Bay Park Off-Leash AreaMiddletown Road & Stadium Avenue, northwest of parking lot.Off-LeashThe 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.
Pelham Bay Park Dog RunMiddletown Road Parking Lot (off Stadium Ave.)Run

Directions to Pelham Bay Park

Know Before You Go

BeachesOrchard Beach and Promenade

As of October 2, the Orchard Beach parking lot will be open from 7:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. daily in consideration of public safety.

The beach will remain open to cyclists and pedestrians from 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. daily. Patrons who enter the parking lot before 5:00 p.m. can remain until 6:00 p.m. when the entire facility closes. The new hours will remain in effect until further notice.


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