Palmer Doggie Depot is a furrific community-run dog park in Philadelphia's Fishtown neighborhood. Despite all of the hours of volunteer work that go into maintaining the park, there is no entrance fee and even out-of-town visitors are welcome. Most people who come here live nearby, though, and it's a great place to meet neighbors and make friends.
For many locals who lack yards, the Doggie Depot is the only place their dogs are free to run outdoors without a leash. This dog park is all about the simple pleasures of community and social play. The no-frills, but spacious off-leash area provides ample room to run, and brings many people and pups together. The community organization that runs the park frequently hosts fundraisers and dog-friendly holiday events.
Park amenities are basic, but do include water. It's a good idea to bring your own clean up bags in case none are available at the park, and always remember to clean up after your dog. This park is all about creating a space for dogs to meet, and being a good neighbor is strongly emphasized here. Palmer Doggie Depot encourages followers on their Facebook page and visitors to their website to monitor and report rude doggie or human behavior. This ensures that the park remains safe and welcoming for everyone.
To ensure everyone's safety, posted rules advise visitors that only dogs that are vaccinated and over the age of four months are allowed to come run with the pack. Leashes must be removed once dogs are in the park. One unique safety rule that people with both two- and four-legged family members should know about is that children ages 10 and under are not allowed in the dog park, and children ages 11 to 15 must be attended. This rule is meant to protect children and pups alike.
Whether you're a local or a visitor, be sure to come by Palmer Doggie Depot and make some new friends!