Dog Parks are a wonderful way for you and your dog to go somewhere exciting! They provide a safe space for dogs to interact with other dogs and get in lots of off-leash playtime. Dog Parks are also a perfect way for people to meet other people and set up a puppy playdate.While at the dog park, remember to keep a close eye on your pup. Your dog and other dogs’ behavior is unpredictable so pay attention. Additionally, your dog should remain off-leash unless coming or going. Leash aggression is common in dogs, so your dog should be on-leash only near entrances and exits. Many parks have a small holding area. This is an excellent place to leash or un-leash your pet.
Although it may be tempting, it is never a good idea to let your dog off-leash unless you are in a designated off-leash area. Unleashed dogs often upset leashed dogs, and you never know if your pup is going to say “hi” to an aggressive pup or a friendly one. Many people (and dogs) are very afraid of dogs, so having an unleashed dog run up to them can ruin their day at the park. Even with excellent recall, unleashed dogs can become distracted and run into small children, food, animal carcasses, or traffic. Be considerate of your dog and others by keeping them leashed in mixed use parks.
Dog Runs and Dog Parks (offleash):
Mario Lanza Dog Run
200 Block of Queen Street (or Catherine Street), Philadelphia PA 19147
Mario Lanza park is a beautiful pocket park tucked away in the heart of Queen Village. Complete with grassy picnic areas, comfy benches, a picnic table, the park is beautiful mixed use park. Mario Lanza Dog Run is maintained by QVK9.
Columbus Square Dog Park/Passyunk Square Dog Park
1200 Wharton St., Philadelphia, PA 19147
Passyunk/Columbus Square Dog Park is a cute little off-leash dog park in Passyunk Square that provides lots of stumps for pups to stomp and sniff. While small training dog treats are permitted, food is not allowed in the park area and neither are dogs under 4 months. The terrain at the park is gravel.
Seger Dog Run
1020 Lombard St., Philadelphia, PA 19105
Membership is encouraged for the Seger Dog Park, a quiet spot in the middle of Center City. In addition to the dog run, Seger has other outdoor recreational facilities. The dog run includes an off-leash section and has a gated, fenced in area.The only dog toys permitted are tennis balls. The terrain at Seger Dog Park are rocks and woodchips.
Schuykill River Dog Park
2500 Lombard St., Philadelphia, PA 19103
By the river, the Schuykill Dog Park is a very well-maintained park with shaded areas, benches, and water fountains. It even has an area dedicated to smaller dogs! The terrain at the Schuykill River Dog Park is right beside the river and its terrain is grass.
Chester Avenue Dog Park
Chester Ave and 48th St., Philadelphia, PA 19143
Membership is required to use this West Philly park and can be acquired by 8 hours of volunteer maintenance work, screening your dog for diseases, and $110 per year. The park boasts 150 members and is well maintained with agility equipment, toys, and a puppy pool. The park is about ¼ of a block large and has woodchips and grass as its terrain. It has been rated as one of the top dog parks in Philly!
Orianna Hill Dog Park
900 block of North Orianna Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
(between 2nd and 3rd and Poplar and Wildey streets),
In Northern Liberties lies a great, private park with trees and grass. The park features a fenced in dog run, benches, and shade. Dues are required to use Orianna Hill Park and only members are allowed. They also posted an excellent set of rules.
We made a map of all the parks listed above to help you find your way.
Dog Friendly Hot Spots (leashes required):
Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church and National Park
916 S Swanson St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Old Swedes is a lovely dog friendly church and cemetery. There are plenty of grass and trees. In the spring a beautiful mulberry tree provides delicious treats for hungry walkers. Every year the reverend performs a blessing of the animals right in the chapel. This is officially an on-leash park; however, there are often a number of off leash dogs playing in the field out back. If your dog isn’t great with other off leash dogs, you may want to steer clear. Taking your dog off leash is at your own risk. The field is considered a national park, and you can be ticketed by park rangers.
Jefferson Square Park
3rd and Washington, Philadelphia 19148
Jefferson Square Park is a city park with benches and the occasional event (such as hosting the end of the Naked Bike Ride this year). It has sidewalk, grass, trees, and benches.
Dickinson Square Park
Moyamensing and Tasker, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Dickinson Square Park is a great park with a playground, grass, and basketball court. The community provides 4 poo bag stations around the park and dogs are welcome as long as they’re leashed.
Rittenhouse Square Park
16th and Locust, Philadelphia 19103
The famous Rittenhouse Square is a bustling, beautiful park that is always full of dogs and events. The park provides poo bag stations, trees, and well maintained grass.
Washington Square Park
8th and Walnut St. Philadelphia, PA, 19106
Washington Square Park is a beautiful, large, historic, and sometimes somber park where plenty of pooches are walked. It features a memorial to George Washington and to all the unknown soldiers that died during the American Revolution.
Fairmount Park is almost 15 square miles and features trails, ponds, the Schuykill River, and 63 parks! What more could a dog want?
Clark Park Dog Bowl
4398 Chester Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104
The Clark Park Dog Bowl is right off of busy Baltimore Ave. in West Philly in Clark Park. It is big, concave “bowl” where pooches can let off some steam by running up and down the hill. Clark Park often has events such as farmer’s and flea markets, Shakespeare in the Park, and LARP-ing for children on Saturday mornings.
Laurel Hill Cemetery
3822 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19132
Laurel Hill Cemetery is a beautiful, dog friendly, historical cemetery in Fairmount Park. The park has events and even hosts tours!
“The Little Bird Cafe @ S.5th and Gaskell St… They welcomed our pitties gladly.”
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