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Dog Walking

Prospect Park is a dog’s paradise, with wide-open spaces to roam. There's even a place for dogs to swim: the Long Meadow Dog Beach at the Pools. Off-leash hours are now established, and to preserve this privilege we ask that you keep dogs leashed at all other times. Dogs should not be off-leash during off-leash hours if they are not responsive to voice command. During regular hours and in non-off-leash locations, please be aware that there is a $100 fine for an unleashed dog summons.

Lilly in the Long Meadow

Only dogs are allowed to swim at Dog Beach, and they must be leashed except at off-leash hours. The Dog Beach is located near the Long Meadow ballfields, most easily accessible from the 9th Street entrance to the Park. Caution: the water at Dog Beach becomes deep very fast.

See some cute pictures of happy canines enjoying Dog Beach.


Dog Walking Guidelines

  • NYC law requires dogs to be on a leash 6 feet or shorter at all times, except during designated off-leash hours in designated areas.
  • Owners must be in control of their dogs at all times.
  • Please dispose of dog waste properly.
  • Dogs are never allowed in playgrounds, on bridle paths, on ballfields, or other designated sports areas. There are no off-leash areas at the Parade Ground.
  • Do not allow dogs to dig - holes create trip hazards.
  • To protect wildlife habitats, dogs must always be leashed and on stay on paths when in wooded areas.
  • Dogs are allowed in the water at the Lake adjacent to the Peninsula meadow during off-leash hours.

Off-Leash Hours

9 p.m. to 1 a.m. and 5 to 9 a.m. daily in these areas:

Map of Off Leash Areas . In Prospect Park, dogs are required to be on leash in all other areas.


Fellowship in the Interest of Dogs and their Owners (FIDO): (888) 604-3422

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