Many Staten Islanders have pet dogs. Actually, dogs are more than pets—they’re part of the family! And as all dog parents know, it’s important to give your furry family member lots of space to run and play. Even if you don’t have a big house, apartment or yard, there are plenty of places on Staten Island where your pet can get in some much-needed exercise. Browse our list of some of the best dog runs and dog parks on Staten Island, and get ready for a day of fun for everyone in the family.
Dog Run vs. Dog Park: What’s the Difference?
Before we get into our list, it’s important to note the difference between a dog run and a dog park in New York City. Both are great fun for pups, but here’s how the NYC Parks Department defines the difference:
Dog Runs: Dog runs are large, fenced-in areas for dogs to exercise unleashed during park hours.
Designated Off-Leash Areas: Some park areas in the city allow dogs to be off leash from the time the park opens until 9am and from 9pm until the park closes. Just keep in mind the off-leash policy in certain parks may be subject to changes in consideration of resident or transient wildlife.
For a complete list of rules and regulations about dogs in city parks, visit the NYC Parks’ website.
Hot-Weather Safety Tips for Pets
With the days getting hotter as we approach summer, it’s important to keep in mind some safety tips for pups in the park. Beware of blacktop, which gets very hot in the summer and can burn dogs’ feet. Animals and humans should never be left inside the car, even if windows are open. It’s hotter inside the car than out, so this can lead to heat stroke or even death.
Here is some additional safety information from LaCheryl Ball, DVM, training specialist for the ASPCA community medicine team:
- There is no specific temperature that is too hot for pets because a variety of factors come into play. But in terms of walking your pets on asphalt or concrete, a good rule of thumb is to place a hand on the surface of the pavement for 10 seconds. If the pavement is too hot for your hand, then it’s too hot for your pets’ paws.
- When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close to the ground, your dog’s body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during extreme heat to a minimum. Try walking at dawn or dusk or walk on grass and dirt. Shoes are also an option for protecting your pet’s feet on walks in the heat.
- Never leave your pets alone in a parked car especially in extreme heat. A car can overheat even when the window has been left cracked an inch or two. The temperature inside your parked car may be as much as 20 degrees hotter than the temperature outside. Not only can it lead to a fatal heat stroke, but it is also illegal in many states.
- Overheating can be extremely dangerous and should be taken seriously. If you think your pet is experiencing symptoms of overheating, you should bring them indoors and call your local veterinarian immediately.
And now, on to our dog park list!
Dog Parks in Staten Island
Allison Park Off-Leash Area
Location: Field at the end of the trail bordered by Prospect Avenue, Sailors Snug Harbor Cemetery and the pond.
Amundsen Trail Off-Leash Area
Between Amboy Road and Hylan Boulevard
Arthur Von Briesen Park Off-Leash Area
Lawn area, mid-park right side
Bloomingdale Park Dog Run
Maguire Avenue behind athletic fields closer to Ramona Avenue
Clove Lakes Park Off-Leash Area
Open field above picnic area near Royal Oak Road and Rice Avenue; Brookside Avenue between Alpine Court and Kingsley Avenue (lawn area)
Clove’s Tail Park Off-Leash Area
Lawn area, corner of Victory Boulevard and Little Clove Road
Conference House Park Dog Run
Clermont Avenue and Massachusetts Street
Cozzens Woods Park Off-Leash Area
Page Avenue between Hylan Boulevard and Amboy Road
Father Macris Park Off-Leash Area
Park is in Graniteville. The off-leash area is in the lawn area beyond the ballfield.
Ida Court Playground Dog Run
Ida Court between N. Railroad Street and Drumgoole Road E.
Lemon Creek Park Off-Leash Area
Bottom of Seguine Avenue at Johnston Terrace, just below playground
Siedenburg Park Off-Leash Area
Greaves Avenue and Evergreen Street
Silver Lake Park Dog Run
Victory Boulevard below the pavilion, across from the Parkview Apartments
South Beach Park Off-Leash Area
Note: On sand after Labor Day and before Memorial Day
Willowbrook Park Off-Leash Area
1 Eton Pl., by the Archery Range Field
Wolfe’s Pond Park Dog Run
Run is to the left of Cornelia Avenue
Parks in Staten Island That Do Not Allow Dogs or Other Pets
Pets are not allowed at the campgrounds in Fort Wadsworth, which is run by the National Park Service (NPS). Pets are not allowed at the swimming beach at Staten Island’s NPS Unit’s Great Kills Park between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day. Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve, a state park, does not allow pets.
And now… if all this dog talk has you thinking about getting one, here’s where you can adopt a pet on Staten Island and nearby.
Updated May 10, 2023
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