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Thousands of dogs and their owners visit Central Park every week and are part of the vibrant community that makes Central Park a special place.

You can help us to keep the Park clean and safe by respecting these rules:

  • Dogs must be under the control of their owner at all times
  • Dogs must have a NYC license tag and valid rabies tag
  • Dogs must not dig, chase or harm wildlife, damage Park property, or interfere with other Park users
  • Always clean up after your dog, including dog hair that you brush off in the Park
  • Please respect signs, fences, and red flags that may indicate temporary closures due to restoration, maintenance, or weather conditions

Dogs are allowed off-leash when the Park is open from 6:00 am to 9:00 am and from 9:00 pm to 1:00 am when the Park closes. Dogs must be on-leash at all times from 9:00 am until 9:00 pm.

Even during off-leash hours, dogs must always be on-leash in the following areas:

  • All Lawns posted as 9:00 am areas
  • 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

Dogs are never allowed in the following areas:

  • All Ballfields and Recreational Courts
  • All Playgrounds
  • All Sand Volleyball Courts
  • All Water Bodies, Streams, and Ornamental Fountains
  • Elm islands at the Mall
  • Great Lawn Oval
  • Lilac Walk
  • Reservoir running track
  • Sheep Meadow

The rules above are part of NYC legal code; dog owners may be fined for any violation of these laws

Learn more about supporting Central Park's dog community and Central Park Paws.