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Dog Parks in NYC

Even though New York is famous for its skyscrapers and traffic, there are so many peaceful dog parks you and your dog can relax and enjoy together. This article focuses on pointing out the most dog friendly parks. Keeping the days and times you and your dog can enjoy green spaces will soon be spelled out and easy to memorize.

It’s important to keep your eyes open and read signs when going on an outing with your dog. There are four kinds of dog zones in New York parks: areas where no dogs are allowed, areas where dogs must be kept on leashes at all times, dog runs, and designated off-leash areas. If you keep reading the signs around you and following the rules they dictate, then you’ll be sure to have a (ticket free) great time. You can take your dog to (pretty much) any park as long as you keep him or her on a leash. Never let your dog take dips in fountains, play in playgrounds for children, or sniff around public zoos.

Randall’s Island Park

Is its own self-contained park on an island. Your dog will enjoy the ocean breezes and dog runs where they can frolic off-leash 9am-9pm and you’ll enjoy the opportunity to check out hip music and food festivals on the island. you’ll feel like you’re in another world, but it’s only a bus ride away.

Canine Court in Van Cortlandt Park

Opened in 1998 and was America’s first public dog playground. Energetic dog will get to enjoy agility courses and other top-notch amusements in the 14,000 square foot off leash area.

Central Park

Provides 843 acres of park to enjoy on leash and multiple dog runs. Some great areas to check out are: Dog Hill by 79th street, the Shakespeare garden on W 81st street friendly to dogs on leashes, and the statue of Balto around 67th street on the East side. There are 23 off-leash areas in the park.

Hylan Park

Is a small park that’s mostly off-leash friendly. Check signs and don’t let Fido run amok in the playground!

Riverside Park and Battery Park City

Get honorable mentions because they’re gorgeous riverside areas where dogs are welcome on a leash all year round any time of day. These two parks have excellent jogging tracks and are great locales to go on dog runs!