Dog Park at Cobbs Hill

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The Cobbs Hill Dog Park opened in July kick off a pilot program to determine if such a facility was feasible for Rochester.

As a result of the pilot program, which included gaining feedback from dog park users, neighbors and neighborhood association leaders from across the city, it was determined the City should continue to operate the dog park and consider adding dog parks to other areas of the city. 

Based on the feedback, the City will evaluate suggestions to improve the existing dog park, such as adding lighting for evening hours. For the immediate future, the Cobbs Hill Dog Park will remain open to City residents only and there will be no fee for a dog park permits.

The City Dog Park is located on Norris Drive, immediately east of the softball diamonds in Cobbs Hill Park. The Dog Park is be open during the hours of operation of all City parks. Dog Park Amenities include: Large dog and small dog areas; fire hydrants; a stone dust surface; open lawns; benches; shade trees; pet waste stations; and drinking water. City staff do not supervise the dog park. It is the responsibility of users to keep the park safe and clean.

To obtain a Dog Park Permit, owners must have a City dog license and proof of rabies vaccination. Permit applications must be submitted to the City Clerk’s Office in room 100A of City Hall, 30 Church St. City Hall is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except on holidays. Owners will be issued a blue City of Rochester Dog Park medallion, or tag, which will signify that the dog has a permit to be in the park. Owners will also be given a pass code to open the Dog Park gate.

 City residents with a licensed dog can register for this dog park. Registration Info >> 


  • Large dog and small dog areas
  • Stone dust surface
  • Open lawns
  • Benches
  • Shade trees
  • Pet waste stations
  • Drinking water

Before visiting the play area, please read the Rules, Good Dog! Etiquette, and FAQs.


  All dogs must registered Learn More >> 

Tag must be worn by your dog and permit must be with you or in your vehicle

Have voice control over your dog and keep your dog in sight at all times. All dogs brought by one person must remain in the same area (small dog/large dog area) with that person

No more than 3 dogs per person in the play area at one time

Clean up after your dog

Immediately remove dogs showing aggressive behavior toward people or other dogs

For everyone’s safety:

  • No food (human or dog), alcohol, smoking, or glass
  • No children under 10 inside the play area. Children 10 and older must be accompanied by an adult
  • No choke, pronged, or spiked collars
  • No large dogs in the small dog area
  • No dogs in heat, or that are ill or injured
  • No dogs under 6 months old

To report an emergency, dial 911  

Good Dog! Etiquette

Keep gates closed and latched at all times, except when entering or exiting

Don’t “hold the door” for others. Each person should use the registration code to open the gate. This will help ensure only registered dogs(licensed and vaccinated against rabies) are using the play area

Leash/unleash only in the double gated area

Discourage digging and fill any holes

Small dog area is for dogs weighing 25 pounds or less. Large dog area is open to dogs of all weights

Professional dog trainers may not use the dog park to conduct business

No soliciting

Leave bicycles, scooters, skateboards or any other wheeled or motorized devices outside the fence. All types of wheelchairs are welcome inside the play area!

There is no City staff supervising the dog park. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep it safe and clean.


Who can use the dog park at Cobbs Hill?  

During the pilot period, only city residents with a licensed dog can register for this dog park. Register at the City Clerk’s office. Learn More >>  

How do I prevent a dog fight?  

The best way to prevent a fight is to never let your dog leave your sight!

Scuffles happen as part of play, so watch your dog’s behavior and body language. The City of Rochester’s Animal Services has dog bite prevention and responsible ownership information online. Make sure to check out the “Interpreting dog postures” section for illustrations.
If your dog begins to behave aggressively or plays too rough, take your dog out of the play area to cool down.

What if there is a dog fight?  

If a fight happens, remain calm. Use firm, confident commands. Never get in between fighting dogs.
If your dog is involved in a fight, exchange contact information with the other owner. Each person bringing a dog to the dog park is responsible for injury to person or property caused by their dog.

What if someone does not clean up after their dog?  

Address it directly and politely. Most people do clean up after their dogs, so they may not have noticed their dog relieving him/herself. Let the person know what happened and where. Unfortunately, some owners may still not clean up after their dog. In order to keep the park clean, safe and sanitary, there may be a need for you to pick up the waste. Please know from all dog park users how thankful we are for your extra effort keeping our dog park clean and safe.

What if I see an unregistered dog in the play area?  

If you don’t see the collar tag, it may have fallen off or been left on another collar. Ask the owner if their dog is registered to use the dog park. If they don’t know registration is required, you can refer them to the City’s website or 311 for information.

How long is the registration code/permit/tag good for?  

All registrations expire Dec. 31, 2017

Where should I park?  

The paved shoulder on Norris Drive has been widened to accommodate dog park visitors. Please avoid driving on the grass. Observe all posted parking rules. Try to let dogs in and out of vehicles on the passenger side (not into the road).

What if the pet waste station runs out of bags?  

If any part of the dog park needs service or is broken, please call 311


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