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Dog Park Manners 101

  • Dog poop must be cleaned up by their human guardians.
  • Dog guardians must be in park and within view of their dogs.
  • Dogs must be removed from the dog park at the first sign of aggression.
  • Dog guardians must have a leash in hand at all times.
  • Keep small children and infants under strict supervision. No strollers permitted.
  • Leash dogs while entering and exiting the dog park.
  • Female dogs in heat are prohibited from entering the park.
  • Fill any hole your dog digs.
  • Aggressive dogs are not permitted on the premises.
  • Dogs should be under voice control (i.e. they should come when called by their guardians). If your dog does not respond to your instructions click on the following link for Westchester and Putnam training/obedience classes.

Westchester and Putnam Dog Parks
and Dog Friendly Parks


New Cortlandt Dog Park
The Dog Park is located at Sprout Brook Park. There are 2 areas, one for small dogs and an area for large dogs. Open link for directions.

In order to keep track and send information, all residents are encouraged to register their dogs. Open link for Rules and Registration Form. Please fill it out and mail back to:

Town of Cortlandt Recreation Division
1 Heady Street
Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567

For more information please call the Recreation Department at 734-1051.

*Important note-read dog park safety before you visit a park.


Village of Elmsford Dog Park
The Elmsford Dog Park is an off-leash, fenced-in dog park located at the corner of North Everts and Winthrop Avenues just off of Interstate 287 in Elmsford, NY. The quarter-acre park features two separate run areas, one for large breed dogs and one for small breed dogs. Pooper scooper bags are available in the park as well as disposal cans and benches for the humans as well. The village bans violent dogs and allows only those who have had their shots to enter the park. The police conduct spot checks of vaccination tags.

*Important note-read dog park safety before you visit a park.


East Rumbrook Park
The East Rumbrook Dog Park is located at East Rumbrook Park at the end of the parking lot. This one acre dog run has a fenced in area for small dogs and a fenced in area for all dogs. In addition to the dog run, dog owners are allowed to walk their dogs on a leash on a wood trail.

*Important note-read dog park safety before you visit a park.


Canine Commons at Beaver Dam Park
Canine Commons at Beaver Dam Park is located on Beaver Dam Rd. between Harris Rd. and Jay St. in Katonah, NY. A Town of Bedford park, under the auspices of the Bedford Recreation and Parks Department, the Canine Commons at Beaver Dam Park includes a large dog area, a small dog area and a canine agility course. The park is open from 7am to dusk for Bedford residents only. All dogs must have a valid New York State Dog license as well as a Town of Bedford permit. For licenses &/or permit information, please contact the Town Clerk's Office, 666-4534. For volunteer opportunities, or for more information on the Bedford Dog Owners Group visit

*Important note-read dog park safety before you visit a park.


Sycamore Bark Park
Sycamore Bark Park is located at 790 Long Pong Road, Mahopac, NY 10541. Sycamore Bark Park is the first dog park in Putnam County. The park is a little over ½ acre with a sloped terrain and plenty of shade. The dog park features separate areas for small and large dogs with 6 foot fences, waste stations, a water fountain for humans and dogs, a hose, play tubes, a non-working fire hydrant and benches, and is open to residents and non-residents alike. It resides within Sycamore Park, a beautiful 41-acre park offering activities and programs for every member of the family, resident and non-resident, and now for the furry members of the family as well. Bring your dog by and let them experience some off leash time! Bark Park hours: 8:00 am - sunset 7 days a week unless closed for maintenance. Sycamore Park: 845-628-7888

*Important note-read dog park safety before you visit a park.


Gedney Park
The Gedney Park on Rte 133 in Millwood is a lovely hilly natural park. It is not fenced, so you have to have a good come on your dog (i.e. they should come when called by their guardians). But they have poop bags attached to the trees, with convenient trash cans near by. The rule is that your dog can be off lead if it isn't causing any trouble. There is a flat walk as well as some arduous hilly trails.

*Important note-read dog park safety before you visit a park.

New Rochelle

Ward Acres Park, New Rochelle
Ward Acres is located between Broadfield Road and Pinebrook Boulevard, just north of Quaker Ridge Road. The best entrances are on Broadfield. Parking is on-street. The park, formerly the estate of the Ward family (Continental Baking, "Wonder Bread"(TM)), consists of 62 acres of former meadows and buildings of a horse farm, a railroad right of way, and surrounding woodlands.

Dogs are allowed accesss to a three acre fenced- in area. A smaller area is within the three acres is available for smaller dogs. Hours are from dawn to dusk. Off-leash throughout the rest of the 62 acres is no longer allowed. Fees are $50 for residents and $100 for non-residents.

The Friends of Ward Acres Park are friends, supporters, neighbors, and users of Ward Acres Park in New Rochelle, New York. They welcome those who would like to support their goal of having a park where well-behaved dogs have the opportunity to run free and socialize.
Join their email group.

*Important note-read dog park safety before you visit a park.


Ossining Dog Park
is located at 235 Cedar Lane in Ossining, NY. Ossining Dog Park was the first fenced in off leash Dog Park in Westchester County. It opened in the fall of 2003, on the site of an unused town swimming pool within the Cedar Lane Park. The park has since moved up the hill. The Ossining Dog Park is an enclosed 2 acres of wood chips, trees, and great terrain. The park has three double-gated entries (two entries are into the large Dog Park and one entry is into the dedicated small dog area.). There is a water fountain that is for dogs and human use. A warming shed was installed in 2007 to shield guardians from the wind (which is lovely in the summer, but can be brutal in the winter). There are lights on timers for evening visits.

The Ossining Dog Park has turned into one of the most popular places to be in Ossining.
It is a popular spot for Westchester dog lovers. It is open year round day and night.The "Friends of Cedar Lane Dog Park" membership has grown to over 200 dog lovers.

New members are always welcome. If you wish to join or need additional information, please contact them at

*Important note-read dog park safety before you visit a park.


Peekskill Dog Park
features separate fenced and gated areas for small and large dogs, benches, plastic bag dispensers and a restroom. The park, which is open from dawn to dusk is located the lower level of Tompkins Park off of Main Street (Rt. 6) in Peekskill. There is ample parking. The park's address i s 1795 Main Street Peekskill, NY 10566. Dog Park Volunteer Group: (914) 297-6656.

*Important note-read dog park safety before you visit a park.


Rye Town Park/Oakland Beach
The park is located along Forest Avenue in the City of Rye on sixty two acres of grasslands, forests, open fields, duck pond, and beach. It is next to Playland Park on the Long Island Sound and is a favorite spot for canine guardians to gather and socialize with their pets. The policy of the park is that all dogs must be on a leash at all times.

*Important note-read dog park safety before you visit a park.

Sleepy Hollow

Kingsland Point Park
Kingsland Point Park overlooks the Hudson River and is home to the historic1883 Lighthouse. Take Route 9 to Sleepy Hollow and turn west (toward Hudson River) onto Pierson Street (which becomes Bellwood) and continue to Palmer Avenue. Turn left onto Palmer Avenue and continue to Kingsland Point Park.

Your dog will require a dog license (issued from your town of residence) and a tag (issued from the Village of Sleepy Hollow Town Clerk at 914-366-5104) in order to use the the dog park. The $25.00 Village of Sleepy Hollow tag grants admission to the dog park and covers parking fees.

*Important note-read dog park safety before you visit a park

White Plains

White Plain's Bark Park
is located on Brockway Place. Going east on I-287 - off exit 8W, make a right at light, then right at the next light, then a left at following traffic light onto South Kensico Road. Right at the next side street (right before Best Friends Pet Care) onto Brockway Place. The park is 14,520 square feet covered in pea-sized gravel. There is a separate run for small dogs, a doggie water fountain and benches.

*Important note-read dog park safety before you visit a park.

Parks In Development

Dog Park, Croton-on-Hudson
Village officials have given permission to let residents bring unleashed dogs to Black Rock Park, a small recreational area off Quaker Bridge Road. The new policy would be on a trial basis, and it is expected that a more fully developed "dog park" will open someday at a new park under construction along the Hudson River. The village is constructing another park called Croton Landing along the Hudson River. The administration is looking to create a permanent dog park there in the future, which eventually would end the permission to take dogs to Black Rock Park.

*Important note-read dog park safety before you visit a park.

Dog Run, Yorktown Heights
We are a group of more than 300 (and counting) Yorktown residents dedicated to the creation of an off-leash Dog Park in Yorktown, NY. Visit our facebook group "Yorktown Community Dog Park" to talk other members and share photos!

*Important note-read dog park safety before you visit a park.

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