The City of New York is an area that loves dogs, and the New York Parks Department has even provided for them in the city's green heart, Central Park. While there aren't any fenced-in areas for pups to run around off-leash in, in Central Park there are twenty-three designated, dog-friendly, unfenced off-leash areas.
The off-leash areas in Central Park are distributed throughout the 850 acres the park grounds cover. Multiple dog-friendly water fountains have been installed so pups can get a drink of fresh water after their run around. There are specific hours when dogs are permitted to be off-leash, and these must be adhered to by all pet owners taking their pups there.
Dogs cannot be off-leash between the hours of 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM. There are also some places where dogs are not granted access at all and owners should ensure they take notice of and respect the park signage prohibiting dogs in certain zones. All dogs being exercised in Central Park, whether on-leash or off, must have completed a full cycle of vaccinations.
Each dog must wear its current rabies tag and New York City license tag on its collar. Not displaying a pup's license tag or not carrying the license in paper format in New York is a violation of state law and getting caught without it carries the obvious consequences. Pet parents should expect to encounter numerous other owners at the park as the number of fur babies using the off-leash area can run into the thousands each day.
When off-leash, dogs must be kept supervised and be maintained under good voice control. Pet owners taking their dogs to Central Park must abide by the poop scooping regulations. This is a shared usage area which could quickly become contaminated and unsanitary if poop is left lying around. Pick up, bag, and bin all poop in order to keep Central Park clean.