The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that all dog owners maintain at least six feet of distance from other people and animals and keep their dogs on a leash.
New York City’s dogs love Central Park. To ensure visitors and pets alike stay safe, dog owners must follow the rules as outlined by NYC Parks.
Dogs must be on-leash 9:00 am–9:00 pm. Off-leash hours are 6:00 am–9:00 am and 9:00 pm–1:00 am. Even during off-leash hours, dogs must always be leashed in the following locations:
- Arthur Ross Pinetum
- Bridle Path
- Cedar Hill
- Children's Glade (Great Hill area)
- Conservatory Garden
- East Green
- East Meadow Oval
- Kerbs Boathouse Plaza
- The North Woods
- The Ramble
- Shakespeare Garden
- Strawberry Fields
- Turtle Pond Lawn
- Other areas where signs requiring dogs to be leashed are posted
Dogs are never allowed in:
- 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
- Hallett Nature Sanctuary
- Lilac Walk
- Stephanie and Fred Shuman Running Track
- Sheep Meadow
Dog owners using Central Park have both the privileges and responsibilities established by NYC Parks:
- Dogs must always be under the control of their owner.
- 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.
In the event that you happen upon a lost dog or your dog goes missing, please contact the Animal Care Centers of NYC.