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Frequently Asked Questions - Table of Contents


How can I get involved?

What are the Water Tower's facilities?

Can I walk my dog at the Water Tower?

Are there any dedicated, fenced-in areas for dogs in Philadelphia?

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How can I get involved?


One of the best ways to get involved with the Water Tower is to get involved with us, the Advisory Council. Our meetings are open to the public and can be found in our Calendar.

What are the Water Tower's facilities?

Inside, WTRC has:

  • WTAC conference room

  • An indoor basketball court

  • A gymnasium

  • Two classrooms

  • Multipurpose room

  • A kitchen

  • And more!

Around building, make sure to come visit our

  • Full sized tennis and pickeball court

  • Two full sized baseball fields

  • Playground

  • Outdoor basketball court

Stay tuned for more updates, and more pictures showcasing our wonderful facilities!


Can I walk my dog at the Water Tower?

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation welcomes our four-legged friends and their owners to our properties. Review our regulations and best practices for dog activity on Parks & Rec property.

Use this information to keep your pets safe and happy while protecting Philadelphia’s parks and green spaces.


Dog regulations

Two main regulations guide Parks & Rec in the management of dogs on Parks & Rec property.


Dogs are prohibited in animal-free areas. An animal-free area is a zone where no animals are permitted, except service animals. Animal-free areas are usually in Parks & Rec playgrounds, ballfields, spraygrounds, athletic courts, and gardens.


Best practices

Be a good neighbor and park steward.

  • Help to keep your park clean and safe for all to enjoy by picking up after your dog and using the trash cans.

  • Always obey park or playground signs.

  • Always keep control of your dog. It is the owner/handler’s responsibility.

  • Do not allow your dog to run and jump on other people or dogs uninvited.

  • Do not leave your dog unattended.

  • Do not tie your dog to fences, benches or any park furnishings.

  • Keep off wet grass.

  • Be considerate of picnickers and watch where your dog goes. Remember, urine damages grass and trees.

  • Obey City of Philadelphia licensing laws (get a dog license) and follow Commonwealth of Pennsylvania vaccination requirements (find low-cost pet care and vaccinations.)

Permitted spaces

Dogs are permitted in the following locations:

Parks & Rec property
You may walk your dog anywhere on Parks & Rec property on a leash of 6 feet or less, unless specifically posted as an animal-free area.

Note:  This information was taken from the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Webpage.


Are there any dedicated, fenced-in areas for dogs in Philadelphia?

"Dog runs" are dedicated, fenced-in areas maintained specifically for dogs in Philadelphia.  There are currently seven authorized dog runs on Parks & Rec properties. All dog runs are managed and maintained by a local volunteer organization with oversight from Parks & Rec. Please follow dog run rules posted at each facility.

Dog run locations

  • Black, Coyle and McBride (Pops) Playground: Trenton Ave. & E. Hazzard Sts., 19125

  • Columbus Square Park: 12th & Reed Sts., 19147

  • Manayunk (Pretzel) Park: 4300 Silverwood St., 19127

  • Mario Lanza Park: 214 Catharine St., 19147

  • Monkiewicz Playground: 3201 Richmond St., 19134

  • Schuylkill River Park: 25th & Spruce Sts., 19103

  • Seger Playground: 11th & Lombard Sts., 19147

  • Lanier Playground: 1600 S 29th St., 19145


Note:  This information was taken from the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Webpage.

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