Official Rules of Fort Greene Park

Dogs are allowed off-leash in Fort Greene Park from 9:00 pm until 9:00 am. Please take responsibility for your dog's actions, by


  • Picking up after your dog. It is the law ($1,000 fine for violation) and it's also just plain considerate!

  • Leashing your dog between the hours of 9:00 am and 9:00 pm. There is a $100 fine for violation of this law, which is in effect year-round.

  • Not letting your dog play in the tennis courts. Dog nails scratch the surface

  • Not letting them dig holes. Holes create a nasty trip hazard. If it happens, please try to fill it

  • Remaining near your dog when off-leash


  • Do not allow your dog off-leash unless you have trained it to recall.

  • Please (gently) let someone know if their dog has pooped and they did not see it. Dogs generally make one poop per park visit. Please pay attention!

  • Rotate the areas in which you let your dog play off-leash. The park lawns are fragile and we can help by rotating our dogs to less stressed areas of the park

  • Be attentive with your unneutered dog. Some unneutered males are aggressive, or provoke aggression in other dogs. Females in heat should not be brought into the park, even leashed.


What To Do During a Dog Fight

First, be sure it was a fight. Dogs are not people, and they communicate differently, sometimes with teeth. If a dog rushes/barks /nips another dog but breaks away, it is not a fight. Your best bet would be to avoid each other in the park. If there is sustained aggression, that's a fight.


Unfortunately, dog fights happen. Be mindful there is always assumed risk when entering any off-leash area. That said, always pay close attention to your dog when it is off-leash in case there is an  incident.


If there is an issue or a fight, once the animals are separated, note

  • Was any person or animal hurt? If an emergency vet visit is needed, the two closest emergency veterinary clinics are Blue Pearl (718 596-0099) and VERG (718 522-9400). For humans, The Brooklyn Hospital Center is the closest hospital (adjacent to the park.) 

  • Exchange information. If a bite has occurred, exchange owner name and number; dog license and rabies tag numbers (both required by NYC Board of Health.) Get pictures, especially if an owner does not want to give information. 

  • What was the situation?  Once the situation settles down, leash both dogs as quickly as possible and assess:

- Was it harmless play turned aggressive, or did one dog attack another for no apparent reason? (Remember it might not be apparent to you, but it may have been to the dogs.)
- Was the owner present and paying attention? 

- Was one dog on a leash? Dogs on leashes should be respected, otherwise they would not be on a leash. Off-leash dogs can provoke leashed dogs, then the leashed dog responds aggressively. Show respect for leashed dogs during off-leash hours. If you never let your dog off-leash, consider using the park during on-leash hours.


Please note that neither PUPS nor the park director has law enforcement authority and therefore, do not intervene, investigate, or otherwise get involved in these matters. It is advised that dog owners work things out between themselves.


If you still want to report an aggressive dog, you can file a report with the NYPD or the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which will work in coordination with the NYCACC.


(718) 623-3762

Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn NY, 11205

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