What Is the Law?
Two main regulations guide Philadelphia Parks & Recreation in the management of dogs on PPR property. City of Philadelphia Leash Laws:
City Council ordinance requires that dogs be on a six-foot leash and that owners clean up after their pets. See Philadelphia Ordinance Chapter 10, Sections 104 and 105 for complete rules.Philadelphia Code Regulations Governing Park System:
PPR has the authority to designate an animal-free area anywhere within the PPR system. This does not include support, service, or guide animals. See The Philadelphia Code Chapter 15-200, Section 111. Animal-free Area for complete rules.
Where Can I Take My Dog? PPR Property:
You may walk your dog anywhere on PPR property on a six-foot leash unless specifically posted as an animal-free area.Dog Run:
A dedicated, fenced-in area in a park or playground for dogs to exercise unleashed.
There are currently seven authorized dog runs on PPR properties. All dog runs are managed and maintained by a local volunteer organization with oversight from PPR. Please adhere to Dog Run rules posted at each facility.Dog Run Locations
- Black, Coyle and McBride (Pops) Playground: Trenton Avenue & E. Hazzard Streets, 19125
- Columbus Square Park: 12th & Reed Streets, 19147
- Manayunk (Pretzel) Park: 4300 Silverwood Street, 19127
- Mario Lanza Park: 214 Catharine Street, 19147
- Monkiewicz Playground: 3201 Richmond Street, 19134
- Schuylkill River Park: 25th & Spruce Streets, 19103
- Seger Playground: 11th & Lombard Streets, 19147
If you are interested in applying for a dog run in a PPR park, please review our guidelines
A designated zone where no animals are permitted, except service animals. Animal-free areas are commonly established in the following sections of a park or recreation center: playgrounds, ballfields, lawn areas, spraygrounds, athletic courts and gardens.
If you are interested in designating an animal-free area on a PPR property, please complete the online application