Tompkins Square Dog Run

East Village
Dubbed First Run, this East Village off-leash dog area was a pioneer when it opened in 1990. Since undergoing a renovation in 2008, this pet spot features a sandlike surface, a wading pool, picnic tables, tennis balls and lots of room for dogs to ramble, with two separate enclosed spaces for large and small canines. The community-run Friends of the First Run organizes a number of dog-and-owner-friendly events, including a Halloween Dog Parade sponsored by the City Parks Foundation (with prizes awarded for the top costumed pooches).
Venue name: Tompkins Square Dog Run
Address: E 9th St
New York
Cross street: between Aves A and B
Opening hours: Daily 6am–midnight
Transport: Subway: L to First Ave
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