Dog Run 87 is part of the Riverside Park in the city of New York. Parking is available on the side of the street or in the closest lot on 97th Street, which is quite a walk from the dog run. This dog park is a spacious elongated stretch of ground which has been designated as an off-leash area for exercising dogs. It has been fully enclosed with waist-high fencing. There is a separate section cordoned off for small dogs weighing less than twenty-five pounds.
The dog run is surfaced with compressed dirt and fallen leaves. There are many mature trees inside the off-leash area which make it nice and shady on sunny days. The surface can get muddy after a heavy rainfall. It has a small gated staging area and dogs must be kept on their leash, of no longer than six feet, until properly inside. Dogs must never be left unattended in the dog run. Pet owners must keep their dog within visual contact at all times including when inside the off-leash area.
The Dog Run 87 off-leash area is well equipped with a poop station that holds scoopers, rakes, and a supply of poop bags. Owners are obliged to pick up all fecal matter produced by their dog and deposit it in the receptacles provided on-site. There is a water spigot installed and drinking bowls are donated by users of the facility but you may want to bring your own if you do not want your pet to share.
All pet owners taking their dog to the dog run are obliged by law to have their dog's vaccinations, including rabies, up to date and carry the certificated proof on their person. This rule also applies to the appropriate dog license. Failure to comply with the regulation can result in a fine. Owners using the facility are also responsible for making sure their dog doesn't chase any squirrels or birds while in the dog run and for refilling any holes they dig.