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Off-Leash Hours For Prospect Park

See Official Park Rules for dogs below

Long Meadow; Nethermead & Peninsula ...

9 PM to 1 AM - 5 AM to 9 AM

Note Park is technically closed between 1 a.m. & 6 a.m.

Late Evening and Mornings only, both weekdays and weekends.

ALL other Times & Areas, you MUST leash up!

Responsible Ownership Means Always Respect The Law


1: Long Meadow - open meadow only

(9th Street path to the far North end of the meadow)

2: Ball Fields - no dogs off-leash or on-leash)

3: Neathermead - open meadow only

4: Peninsula - open meadow only

Dogs must be on-leash, all the time, everywhere elese. This includes all paths between meadows and all wooded and water areas.


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Please Note ...

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 new rule from the Park's Department with the coming of legal off-leash in New York City Parks.Park officials prefers dogs to be on-leash & only on the paths while going around the ball fields. It's NOT OK to go around the ballfields off-leash at any hour of the day.

Stay away from Bridle Paths... Please use common sense whenever near a bridle path for horses are spooky critters.


Official Prospect Park Dog Rules ...

FIDO has worked closely with Park officials to come up with the following rules. That these rules remain in effect for dog owners to enjoy will depend on your continued support and cooperation

Specific Park regulations in a large nutshell

  1. Dogs must be On Leash (6ft or less) in all places, at all times between 9am - 9pm

  2. All other times dogs may be Off Leash in the Long Meadow, the Nethermead, and the Peninsula. 9 at night to 1am; 5 am until 9 in the morning.

  3. Owners must always be in control of their dogs.

  4. Dog waste must be picked up by owners and disposed of properly at all times.

  5. No digging is allowed. Holes create trip hazards.

  6. Dogs are not allowed in playgrounds.

  7. Bridle paths and the horse corral are for horses only.

  8. Dogs are not allowed on ballfields at any time.

  9. Alongside waterways & wooded areas (non-meadow) dogs must always be on leash; owners and dogs must stay on the paths. Be warned: this is interpreted by authorities to mean that dogs must be on leash when passing from Long Meadow to The Nethermead in spite of the protective fencing on either side.

  10. Swimming is allowed only at the Dog Beach and in the Lake from the off-leash area known as the Peninsula but only during off-leash hours.

  11. (FIDO NOTE) The grassy areas anywhere below the wall along Prospect Park West/SW are technically off limits to unleashed dogs as well. You will receive tickets for allowing their dogs to run in these areas.

Minimum Fine For Noncompliance: $100