Sir William’s Dog Run. Sir William’s Dog Run is the largest public dog run in Manhattan, an acre of land in the heart of Fort Tryon Park where both dogs and owners can exercise, socialize, and just have fun in a beautiful setting. There is a large-dog run and a small-dog section with its own entrance.
Fort Tryon Park also boasts eight miles of pathways to stroll along on leash while taking in breathtaking views of the Hudson River and the Palisades. There are skunks, raccoons, ground hogs, and many more species for a dog to wonder at. For dogs who are up to it, you can practice on-leash canine parkour around the many exciting features in the park – and runners can run on-leash with their active pets. Every season offers beauty for people who want to engage with their canine companions.
Note that your dog must be on leash except when at the dog run.
Named for William Tryon, New York’s last Colonial governor, the run has over 350 regular users and attracts visitors from the five boroughs and beyond. The run came about because of a unified effort by the community and NYC Parks. Since that time, the Fort Tryon Park Trust added a perimeter fence and separate gated areas within the run for dogs of different sizes and needs.
An active group of local dog owners partner with NYC Parks to maintain and operate the run for the public’s benefit. The group’s volunteers monitor conditions and report to NYC Parks, make minor fence repairs and fill in holes. The Fort Tryon Dog Owners Group has collaborated with the Fort Tryon Park Trust, funding gate improvements at Sir William’s Run for the small dog run, and more recently, the large dog run.
If you and your canine are ready to dig in, join the group for its cleanup days on the second Saturday of every month or for the “Coffee Barks” on the first Sunday of every month. More info at Facebook.