Tompkins Square Dog Run

Alphabet City • NYC

Welcome to Tompkins Square Dog Run. We are New York City's first and largest dog run located in NYC's Tompkins Square Park. We use this site to share ideas, offer suggestions, coordinate clean-ups and talk about our dogs.

A Brief History

Tompkins Square dog run in the winter with Avenue B in background

Tompkins Square dog run in the winter with Avenue B in background

In the mid 1980s, before the community had been granted an official dog run, Tompkins Square Park was a dangerous place suffering from the ill effects of rampant drug use and crime that plagued New York. The founders of First Run were not willing to give up their place in the park and fought the perils of the day -- and City Hall! -- to establish a safe place to gather with their dogs.

The city's first dog run was opened in 1990 as part of the renovation of Tompkins Square park. As ex-parks commissioner Henry Stern stated, "starting the run was just a good idea".

The Parks Department included one caveat: the run must be managed and funded by the community (not the city.) Dog owners who fought so hard to make First Run a reality, raised money and organized volunteers.

Today even those who have no love for dogs say that First Run was instrumental in bringing the park back to its glory days. First Run is a source of immense pride and devotion for countless people.

In 2008, the dog park underwent a $450,000.00 renovation. "Friends of First Run secured the funding and shephered the design & renovation process with the support of the great Park Commissioner Adrian Benepe whose dedication has brought about the massive restoration of the entire New York City park system.

Its many new features include a state-of-the-art running surface composed of decomposed granite sand, underground drainage, a large and small dog run, 3 swimming pools, picnic tables, as well as bath areas & hoses to spray off your dog before returning home.


Location & Directions

We are located in New York City along the 9th Street path in Tompkins Square Park between Avenue A & Avenue B. The dog run is open 365 days a year from 6 a.m. to midnight


TOMPKINS SQUARE DOG RUN

500 E. 9th Street
New York, NY 10009

6 a.m. to Midnight

 
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There is ample seating for humans and tennis balls provided for your dogs

There is ample seating for humans and tennis balls provided for your dogs

Maddie and Nico join in a romp

Maddie and Nico join in a romp

Standing at the gates of the small dog area

Standing at the gates of the small dog area

One of 3 pools for the dogs to cool off in during the summer

One of 3 pools for the dogs to cool off in during the summer

© Friends of First Run - Tompkins Square Dog Run. The official 501(c)3 community organization for the Tompkins Square Dog Run authorized by NYC Department of Parks & Recreation and City Parks Foundation