Dogs must be on leash whenever you're in wooded areas
- so that nesting birds and various creatures won't feel
threatened. This means areas like the ravine between the
Long Meadow and the Nethermead.
Dogs are not allowed on the ballfields at any time, on-leash or off-leash. This is a rule from the Park's Department with the coming of legal off-leash in New York City Parks. It's OK to go around the ballfields while off-leash during the proper hours.
Ditto for Bridle Paths... Please
use common sence whenever near a bridle path for horses
are spooky critters.
If you're not happy with the Official Rules below, go to Detailed Exlaination of the "why" of off-leash rules pertaining to Prospect Park.