More than a decade ago, a group of dedicated volunteers set about establishing an off-leash dog park for Tompkins County. They set their sights on the “Festival Lands” near Allan H Treman Marina, where many Ithacans had long enjoyed walking their dogs. On December 2, 2006, the leash laws for that area were rescinded. And, two years later, NYS Parks and the City of Ithaca signed an agreement that supported the establishment of the formal dog park.

Early on, the goal of the dog park founders was to make the space as green as possible. Composting systems were put in place and national news was made. Since then, the initial fence has been replaced with a sturdy fence encircling all 6 acres of the park and solar lights have been added to ensure that the community can enjoy the dog park year round. All of this has been done through volunteers and donations, along with the support of the NYS Park System. Our dog park has a separate space for smaller dogs (under 25 lbs and those who are old or infirm), two water spigots and a regularly rotating crop of tennis balls to chase. A lovely path to the head of the lake makes for a scenic (leashed) walk from the park.

Come and explore the Tompkins County Dog Park!