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Washington Square (NYC) off-leash dog park

Big dog area

Big dog area

Washington Square has finally emerged from construction, and the off-leash dog park is once more in business (dog parks, I should say, because there’s a separate one for small ‘n’ shy dogs). The big dog area is large; the small ‘n’ shy area is on the small side, but I’m not really complaining. It’s a bit of a miracle to find an off-leash small ‘n’ shy area anywhere, much less Manhattan, so it could be closet-sized and I’d be thrilled.

Small 'n' shy area

Small 'n' shy area

Both areas are fully-fenced and have the usual double gates at the entrances. The ground is covered in fine, smooth gravel, which the dogs seem to find pleasant. There are benches for humans, trash cans, poop rakes and poop bags. Both areas have water hoses and a water bowl. There are trees for shade in the big dog area, and a canvas shelter in the small ‘n’ shy area. And when you’re done with the dog park, the square and surrounding streets are lovely to roam around in.