Best Philly Dog Parks

Here's your guide to the top spots in Philly for your pooch to play!

August 20, 2017

All dog-owners know the importance of a good dog park, especially those raising dogs in the city:  Exercise, socialization, and stimulation for your pup are all provided by these urban canine oases.  However, if you're new to the area or just don't know our fair city as well as you'd like, figuring out an excursion for Rover can be a stressful situation.

Have no fear!

We're here to fill you in on all the details of Philly's best dog parks, and where you should take YOUR pooch the next time you're out on an adventure!

East Passyunk: Columbus Square Dog Park

East Passyunk's dog park features a gigantic gravel square, FENCED-IN, with tree stumps for doggie aerobics and picnic tables for owners.  The vibe at this park is open, friendly, and sociable, as the regulars at the park are all about community involvement.  There were even pool parties organized for huymans and pups alike!  Located on 12th Street between Reed and Wharton.

Fishtown: Palmer Doggie Depot 

The dog park in Fishtown is part of a much larger green space, with a mulch enclosure for your dog to play.  The downside is a lack of shady space, so it's important to remember to bring extra water for Spot and Spot's owner.  This park used to be a concrete slab less than 5 years ago, and it was an active group of volunteers who are responsible for its transformation.  Located at 37 East Palmer Street.

Fitler Square: Schuylkill River Park Dog Run

The vibe: The fanciest of all of Philly’s dog parks, this sweeping synthetic grass courtyard on the river is equipped with a $14,000 drinking fountain and sections for large and small pups. Best for: Froufrou Fidos and owners tired of muddy romps. Paws stay clean on turf known as “K9Grass.” Think of it as a miniature Vet Stadium, but with less risk of blowing an ACL. The scoop: The park is along the train tracks, and conductors aren’t shy about blowing the horn. Stay away if your dog can’t handle the noise. 25th and Spruce streets.

Manayunk: Pretzel Park 
The vibe: A petite dog run that’s mainly dirt and wood chips — a state the locals are working to improve. Best for: “Well-trained dogs who aren’t going to try to make a break for it,” says local dog walker Kat Lambert. The wall around the run is low, and it’s easy for pups to leap over and escape. The scoop: Make Pretzel Park one stop on a tour of the neighborhood. Lambert recommends the nearby Manayunk Towpath for a stroll, then dining alfresco at pooch-friendly Winnie’s LeBus, where the staff puts out water bowls. 4300 Silverwood Street.

Northern Liberties: Orianna Hill Dog Park
The vibe: An acre-sized members-only park where trees and benches abound. Best for: Dogs that need room to roam. The scoop: For access, you’ll need to register online, attend a casual 15-minute orientation, and give Fido a VIP dog tag. Signing up is free, but a $50 annual donation is recommended. 900 North Orianna Street.

Old City: Market Street Dog Run 
The vibe: A narrow, block-long gravel run with separate sections for little and large breeds. Best for: Small and medium-size dogs. There’s not as much space as at some of the city’s other runs. The scoop: The park’s best feature is its view — from the north-facing benches beneath shady birch trees, you can take in the full span of the Ben Franklin Bridge and boats cruising along the Delaware. 1 Delaware Avenue (along the parking lot), Penn’s Landing.

Port Richmond: Monk’s Dog Run at Monkiewicz Playground
The vibe: A labor-of-love wood-chip dog run maintained by volunteers. Last summer, they spent days converting an abandoned lot filled with flotsam into this pet paradise. Best for: Well-trained medium-size dogs. Park founder Matt Pizzola warns that “dogs with sensitivity to noise might want to go elsewhere,” at least for the near future; the park is next to an I-95 construction zone. The scoop: Locals regularly replenish the doggie bags, but you’ll need to provide your own water for now. Plans to create a small-dogs-only section are in place for later this summer. 3201 Richmond Street.

Queen Village: Mario Lanza Dog Park
The vibe: A clean, cozy 150-by-40-foot gravel dog run within the larger park. The run has a hose, but doggie bags are BYO. The big addition planned for midsummer: a treat dispenser. Best for: All dogs, regardless of size. The scoop: QVK9, the neighborhood pet association, runs regular social events. Highlights include a monthly Sunday cleanup (tools and snacks provided) and, every third Tuesday this summer, “Yappy Hours” at nearby pet-friendly restaurants, with dog-themed drinks and special menus. 200 Catherine Street.

University City: Chester Avenue Dog Park
The vibe: A scruffy but spacious private dog park with a kiddie pool for splash-friendly pups. Balls and toys complement an agility course of ramps, hurdles and a tunnel. Best for: Well-trained, active canines; all dogs and their owners are interviewed when they apply for membership. The scoop: Membership is capped at 165 households, and there’s currently a small waiting list. Members put down a $50 key deposit, pay an annual fee of $60, and work eight volunteer hours. They say the amenities are worth the commitment. Cedar Park at Chester Avenue and 48th Street.

Washington Square West: Seger Park Dog Run
The vibe: A well-kept, fenced-in dog run that takes up nearly 10,000 square feet of small Seger Park. The park association replaces wood chips once or twice each year. Best for: Large and small dogs, newbies and veterans alike. Regulars are eager to advise on park etiquette and share the phone numbers of their dog walkers. The scoop: “If you have a puppy, avoid rambunctious peak times — early mornings and right after work,” says Seger Park Dog Owners’ Association president Andrew Freedman. An annual donation of $50 is recommended. 1020 Lombard Street.