Dog Owner Community Impact
Fort Tryon Park is a public park and welcoming to dogs. We value the park’s dog owning community, which is vital to the health and safety of the park, activating areas at all hours of the day and night, and helping to maintain the dog run.
Sir William’s Dog Run is the largest public dog run in Manhattan, on an acre of land in the heart of Fort Tryon Park where dogs and their humans can play in a beautiful setting. It includes both small- and large-dog runs, with separate gated sections. The dog run is an invaluable park and community asset, unifying people and dogs from diverse uptown neighborhoods and activating the park interior throughout the day and evening. It has become particularly essential during the pandemic. Hundreds of regular users and visitors from NYC and beyond benefit from this dynamic amenity.
Dog Run History
The run is located in what was originally planned as a Children’s Play Lawn by the Olmsted Brothers firm in their 1933 design for the park. After years of park decline following the fiscal crisis of the 1970s, the community approached NYC Parks about converting the play lawn into a space for dogs. In 2001, Sir William’s Dog Run was born, and the dog owning community has been collaborating with NYC Parks and the Fort Tryon Park Trust ever since. The Fort Tryon Park Trust and NYC Parks have provided fencing, service gate upgrades, tree work, an expansion of the run, a dedicated space for small dogs, regular stewardship days for volunteers to help maintain and beautify the area, and much more.
Note that dogs must be on leash in all areas of the park except when inside the dog run.