day, in all seasons, thousands of dog owning New Yorkers take advantage
of the Offleash Hours in many City parks to meet their neighbors,
and recreate with their dogs offleash, which leads to a better socialized
canine population that benefits all New Yorkers.
hours in Prospect Park.
View a short video clip.
The first Saturday
of every month, FIDO of Prospect Park holds Coffee Bark. Hundreds
of people and their dogs attend before 9am to socialize, exercise,
recreate, and enjoy beautiful Prospect Park; Coffee and cake for
the owners, biscuits for the dogs.
literature to encourage responsible dog ownership and park stewardship
is available to all who attend. After 9am, FIDO members ensure the
grounds are left cleaner than they found them.
This clip was
taken in August 2006.
View a longer video clip
taken at the October 2006 Coffee Bark sponsored by FIDO in Prospect
ownership starts early.
|Children of all
ages cherish Off-leash Hours and take their responsibility as dog
owners seriously. This scene is by the The Peninsula, one of the three
official Off-leash Hour areas in Prospect Park.
|For 20 years,
a beautiful scene is repeated each day. Off-leash Hours bring New
Yorkers into the Parks early morning by the thousands.
|Dog owners and
non-dog owners enjoy the scenes of dogs socializing and recreating
during Off-leash Hours.
|On a average
weekend, Off-leash Hours brings tens of thousands of people to the
parks in all five boroughs to meet their neighbors and recreate with
their dogs. Both people and dogs have benefited from the Off-leash
Hours policy for over 20 years.
brings people into the parks, 365 days a year, in all seasons and
all weather, keeping the parks safer for all users.
|An early morning
scene in Central Park. Recreating with one's dog off-leash has been
recognized by the NYC Parks Department and many other parks authorities
around the country as a legitimate and healthy form of park recreation,
with public health benefits for both the dogs and the owners. Non-owners
benefit from better socialized dogs by the remarkable drop in dog-related
incidents over the years off-leash recreation has gained in popularity.
All park users enjoy the benefits of increased park safety partially
in thanks to the presence of dog owners early in the morning and late
in the evening being vigilant in the park to help prevent crime.