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Dog Regulations and Best Practices

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR) welcomes our four-legged friends and their owners to our properties. We are happy to present this citizens' guide to provide current information on City of Philadelphia and PPR regulations and best practices regarding dog activity on PPR property.

If you have any suggestions or questions about this information, we want to hear from you! Please send your thoughts via email to: parksandrecreation@phila.gov.

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.

Animal-free Area: 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.

Be a Good Neighbor and Park Steward

  • Help to keep your park clean and safe for all to enjoy by picking up after your dog and using the trash receptacles.
  • Always obey park or playground signage.
  • Always maintain control of your dog. It is the owner/handler’s responsibility.
  • Do not allow your dog to run and jump on other people or dogs uninvited.
  • Do not leave your dog unattended.
  • Do not tie your dog to fences, benches or any park furnishings.
  • Keep off wet grass.
  • Remember: Urine damages grass and trees, and people use the lawns for picnicking.
  • Obey City of Philadelphia licensing laws (get a dog license) and follow Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vaccination requirements (find low-cost pet care and vaccinations).
  • Want to get involved in your park or recreation center? Contact the PPR Stewardship Office at parksandrecreation@phila.gov.