Important Information

The Forest Park Barking Lot is for exercising, socializing, and having fun. NYC Department of Parks & Recreation Rules and the Forest Park Barking Lot Community Health & Safety Guidelines help prevent dogfights and help keep our dogs healthy and safe when visiting this public dog run. Please help enforce park rules and guidelines by politely pointing out inappropriate behavior without provoking an altercation.

By entering the Forest Park Barking Lot:

  • You agree to abide by all NYC Department of Parks & Recreation rules.
  • You are legally and financially responsible for any injury caused by your dog.

Illegal and unsafe behavior should be reported to Parks Enforcement Police (PEP) at 311, (646) 613-1200, or (718) 760-6966. Call 911 in the event of an emergency.

Rules of New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

Please be respectful and courteous to others.

We advise all patrons to read the entire New York City Department of Parks & Recreation Rules and Safety Information web page before entering the Forest Park Barking Lot or any other dog-friendly park in NYC.

The rules established by NYC Department of Parks & Recreation are:

  1. You must pick up after your dog.
  2. A maximum of three dogs per person is allowed.
  3. Monitor and control your dog at all times, particularly non-neutered males as other males may react aggressively toward them.
  4. No dogs in heat.
  5. No prong, choke, or spike collars.
  6. Dogs involved in a fight must be removed from the run.
  7. Discourage excessive barking, especially in the early morning and late evening.
  8. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  9. Dogs must be licensed, vaccinated against rabies, and free from all communicable diseases.
  10. No glass containers.
  11. If your dog digs a hole, fill it before you leave.

For questions about Parks or to report an incident, call 311 or visit nyc.gov/parks.

ALL RULES ARE ENFORCEABLE BY PARK ENFORCEMENT POLICE.
VIOLATING RULES SUBJECTS YOU TO FINES.

Community Health & Safety Guidelines

  1. Do not enter the dog run if you are not confident in your dog’s ability to safely interact with dogs and people.
  2. Accompany and monitor your dog at all times.
  3. You are legally and financially responsible for any injury caused by your dog.
  4. Remove your dog’s leash. Leashed dogs may become defensive and targets for other dogs.
  5. NO spiked, prong, or chain choke collars allowed.
  6. NO toys allowed, except for balls. If dogs become possessive over a ball, remove the ball from the dog run, and the dogs if they do not calm down.
  7. If your dog gets into a fight and injures another dog, immediately remove your dog from the dog run and exchange contact information with the owner of the injured dog.
  8. Interrupt rough play and mounting. If dogs continue, remove the dogs from the dog run.
  9. Discourage barking.
  10. Prevent digging. Refill holes your dog digs with tools by the entrance.
  11. Dispose of all dog waste; it carries bacteria dangerous for dogs and humans.
  12. NO dogs without people and NO people without dogs allowed.
  13. NO aggressive dogs allowed.
  14. NO dogs in heat allowed.
  15. Do not enter if your dog is sick.
  16. NO food allowed.
  17. NO smoking allowed.
  18. NO littering allowed.
  19. NO glass containers allowed.
  20. Children must be accompanied by adults and are prohibited from teasing dogs.
  21. Limit the number of people in your group to avoid distractions.
  22. Close gates upon entry.
  23. Dogs must be licensed, vaccinated, and wear tags at all times.

Safety FAQ’s

What should I do if someone is breaking the rules?

All patrons should help prevent dog fights before they occur by following the rules and encouraging others to do so as well. NYC Parks and the Forest Park Barking Lot encourage you to help enforce park rules by pointing out inappropriate behavior politely without provoking an altercation. However, patrons, NYC Parks, and the Forest Park Barking Lot are not law enforcement.

Illegal and unsafe behavior should be reported to Parks Enforcement Police (PEP) at 311, (646) 613-1200, or (718) 760-6966. Call 911 in the event of an emergency.

If my dog was bitten by another dog in the dog park, who is responsible to pay for medical costs?

New York State law requires that owners pay the entire cost of veterinary bills of any dog attacked by their dog. However, it is common that is difficult to determine which dog is at fault. In such “no fault” situations, the owners should split the costs of any veterinary bills. A majority of dog fights occur when a dog is in heat or unneutered. Dogs in heat and unneutered dogs over the age of one year are prohibited from the dog park. If such a dog is involved in a dog fight, these owners are financially responsible for the entire cost of veterinary bills of any dog attacked by their dog.

Is my dog allowed to be off-leash from the time the park opens until 9:00 a.m. and from 9:00 p.m. until the park closes?

Dogs are prohibited from being off-leash in the Overlook area of Forest Park, except for the Forest Park Barking Lot. These off-leash “courtesy hours” are only permitted in designated off-leash areas identified by NYC Parks. Proof of current dog license and rabies vaccination is required.