Dog Walking Rules + Safety - Prospect Park Alliance

Dog Walking Rules + Safety

To keep Prospect Park green, safe and beautiful, please follow these rules and safety guidelines:

  • Off-leash hours are permitted from 5 am–9 am and 9 pm – 1 am at the Long Meadow (except ballfields), Nethermead and Peninsula Meadow (except woodlands). Dogs must be leashed at all other times and all other areas of the Park.
  • To protect wildlife habitats, dogs must always be leashed and stay on paths in wooded areas.
  • At Dog Beach, dogs must be leashed except during off-leash hours. Caution: the water becomes deep very fast.
  • Dogs are never allowed in playgrounds, on bridle paths or on ballfields or other designated sports areas.
  • Dogs are allowed on paths surrounding the ballfields and at the Parade Ground, but must be leashed at all times.
  • Owners must always be in control of their dogs and leashes must be six feet or shorter.
  • Please dispose of dog waste properly.
  • Do not allow dogs to dig; holes create trip hazards.

Please note: Blue-Green Algae Blooms can be harmful to people and pets. Learn more about safety during blooms.