Rules & Regulations

Central Park is enjoyed by more than 40 million visitors each year. To ensure that everyone can enjoy the Park safely, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation has established rules and regulations (external link) for all New York City parks. Officers from the New York Police Department and Parks Enforcement Patrol are responsible for enforcing all rules and regulations.

Alcohol in the Park
Per the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, which establishes the rules and regulations for all City parks, alcohol is prohibited in Central Park.

Wildlife in the Park
Respect the wildlife. Never feed or approach a wild, stray, or injured animal. If you see something, say something: call 311 or notify a Conservancy employee.

Filming and Photography in Central Park
Some film and photography requires a permit and coordination with the Central Park Conservancy's Operations Team. Learn more at our Film and Photography page.

Dogs in the Park
Dogs are welcome in Central Park. They may be off-leash between the hours of 9:00 pm and 9:00 am in most sections of the Park, but must be under the control of their owner at all times. Dogs are prohibited in all ballfields and recreational courts, playgrounds, water bodies, streams, ornamental fountains, elm islands at the Mall and the Great Lawn Oval, Lilac Walk, and Reservoir running track.

Dogs must be leashed at all times in the following locations:

  • Arthur Ross Pinetum
  • The Bridle Path
  • Cedar Hill
  • Children's Glade (Great Hill area)
  • Conservatory Garden
  • East Green
  • East Meadow Oval
  • Kerbs Boathouse Plaza
  • The North Woods and The Ravine
  • The Ramble
  • Shakespeare Garden
  • Strawberry Fields
  • Turtle Pond Lawn
  • Other areas where signs requiring dogs to be leashed are posted
Driving in the Park

The Park drives are open to vehicular traffic only during certain hours:

West Drive (from 110th Street south to Central Park South & 7th Avenue) High Occupancy Vehicles only
Weekdays: 8am-10am

East Drive (from E. 72nd Street/Fifth Avenue to 110th Street)
Weekdays: 3pm-7pm

Center Drive/East Drive (from the 6th Avenue entrance on Central Park South to the East 72nd Street & 5th Avenue exit)
Weekdays: 7am-7pm

Terrace Drive (72nd Street Cross) Drive (from 72nd Street/Fifth Avenue to West Drive South)
Weekdays: 8am-10am
The speed limit in Central Park is 20 mph and strictly enforced. Motorists and cyclists should slow down when drives are congested.

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