Some NYC parks go to the dogs

Posted at 10:15 AM, Mar 26, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-26 10:32:21-04

Humans aren’t the only beings that spend time in city parks. Dogs enjoy them too. There are rules and procedures to follow. Neighbors expect them to be enforced. But sometimes, owners unleash the pooches and set their own rules. A ticket can cost $100.

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Here are some notes from the parks department:

There are four designations for areas within parkland.

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.

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.

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.

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).

Read the rules and regulations here.