Not all dogs are created equal. While some canines love to play with dogs of all sizes, others are more inclined to mingle with small dogs. Luckily for them, NYC offers a handful of small dog parks, open to dogs 25lbs and under. They’re perfect for socializing with other small sized canines, and a great option for our furry friends who don’t want to run with the big dogs.
Before You Go:
- Pick up after your dog and properly dispose of the waste.
- Play nice! Don’t let your dog chase birds, squirrels, or other NYC wildlife.
- Be safe. Your dog must be vaccinated against rabies, and you are required to carry proof of a current dog license and rabies vaccination while in public.
Tompkins Square Park Dog Run
500 E. 9th Street
New York, NY 10009
Tompkins Square Park Dog Run is New York City’s first ever dog run, opened in 1990. Its many features include a state-of-the-art running surface composed of decomposed granite sand, underground drainage, a large and small dog run, 3 swimming pools, picnic tables, as well as bath areas, hoses to spray off your dog before returning home.
Robin Kovary Run for Small Dogs
59 Washington Square S
New York, NY 10012
Named after a dog trainer and pet therapist who died of breast cancer in 1991, the Robin Kovary Run for Small Dogs is run by the Washington Square Park Dog Run Association, Inc, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. The organization has a website, newsletter, and social media pages. The dog run is specifically designed for small dogs, complete with great fencing, a water fountain, and shady areas.
Carl Schurz Small Dog Run
E End Ave and 86th St
New York, NY 10079
Overlooking the East River, this dog run includes benches for owners, poop bags, and a washing station. The ground is concrete and elevated, with a picturesque view of the river.
De Witt Clinton Dog Run
W 52nd St and 11th Ave
New York, NY 10019
This Hell’s Kitchen jaunt is the place to be in the summer. There are kiddie pools for small dogs to play in, a double gated entrance, and plenty of benches with shade. The floor is asphalt, so there is no dust, and there’s always a hose available to cool off panting pooches.
87th Street Dog Run
W 87th at Riverside Dr
New York, NY 10024
Complete with double gate security, this dog park has a dirt and gravel floor and plenty of benches with shade. The dog run has a Facebook group, to stay up to date on happenings in the neighborhood, and is run by a core group of dog owners meet regularly to discuss maintenance, fundraising, and to organize community events.
105th St Dog Run
105th St and Riverside Dr
New York, NY 10025
This dog run is surrounded by trees, with a cafe in front that serves cold drinks and food. In the summer the cafe hosts live music, giving your dogs game of fetch a soundtrack. Beware: the dog park floor is made of sand and gravel, so it can get dusty.
Tribeca Small Dog Run
Hudson River Park – Pier 26
Hubert St & West St
New York, NY 10013
The Tribeca Small Dog park is a scenic and large fenced in run that’s right by the water. It has a built in sprinkler area for the dogs to cool off in, and rocks for jumping on. There are also free poop bags and plenty of benches for dog parents to sit and relax.
72nd Street Dog Run
W 72nd St Riverside Dr
New York, NY 10023
This dog run was opened in November 2004 through the efforts of FLORAL (Friends & Lovers Of Riverside Area Life), an upper west side dog owner and park advocacy volunteer group. FLORAL exclusively sponsors and maintains the 72nd Street Dog Run.
Madison Square Park Dog Run: Jemmy’s Dog Run
Madison Avenue to 5th Avenue between East 23rd Street & East 26th Street
Named after James “Jemmy” Madison, Jemmy’s Dog Run is open year-round and located just south of the W. 25th Street entrance. It’s a great place for pets to exercise, socialize, and play, very well maintained, and there’s seating for the humans.
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