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Off Leash Dog Program

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All applicants are required to obtain a Pennsylvania Dog License prior to applying for an Off Leash Dog Permit.  For more information click Here.


Rolling Hill Park Fenced Area:

  • The Fenced Off-leash dog area is open from Sunrise until Sunset seven days a week.
  • No food, drink or rawhide is allowed in the fenced area.
  • No children under 6 years of age are permitted and must be under an adult's supervision at all times.
  • Puppies under 6 months are not permitted.
  • Dogs in heat are not permitted.
  • Pinch and choke chains and spiked collars are not permitted.

Rolling Hill Park Fenced Area:

  • The Unfenced Off-Leash area is restricted to signed, designated trails and is permitted from Sunrise until 9:30 AM and 3:30 until 6:00 PM seven days a week. Dogs must be kept on-leash (8' max Length) everywhere else in the park, except the fenced dog area.
  • Dogs must be kept on-leash in the parking area and entrance trail until entering the woods and trails identified as the Off-Leash area.
  •  When walking through the fields, dog owners/handlers must remain on the trail and all dogs must be kept leashed to protect the meadow and grassland wildlife.
  • On-Leash Areas: Dogs are permitted, but must be leashed at all times where these signs are posted.

West Mill Creek Park:

  • Off-Leash areas: Dogs are permitted from Sunrise until Sunset seven days a week.
  • Dogs must be kept on leash in the parking area and entrance trail until inside the park.
  • Dogs can access Mill Creek only via identified stream access points.
  • Dogs are not permitted in the wetlands meadow or the riparian buffer.

On-Line Registration can be completed by Clicking here.


Lower Merion Resident Fee is $25 per dog

Non Resident/Borough of Narberth Fee is $30 per dog

One time $5.00 Discount for dogs that provide proof of completing an approved training program.  (does not carryover from year to year)


  • Owners must view the Dog Parks - Rules for Permits video and complete the Off Leash Dog Video questionnaire.  (not necessary for renewals)
  • Owners must attest that they have and will keep current Homeowner’s or Renter’s Insurance as well as current DHLPP (Distemper) and Rabies vaccinations.
  • New applicants must provide a current photo of each dog with the application.
  • Current year Pennsylvania County Dog License Number is required.
  • A valid email address is encouraged as we will use email to distribute information regarding the program and to elicit feedback.


All applications must include the following:
  • Completed, legible application, signed waiver and acknowledgment of vaccinations. (Print carefully - if your handwriting is illegible, it will delay processing your application.)
  • Payment must be made in full - checks are payable to: Treasurer, Lower Merion Township
  • Application can be completed in person during regular operating hours in the Department of Parks & Recreation or the Police Department.
    (8:15 AM to 4:30 PM Mon - Fri)
  • Application may be mailed to:
    Township of Lower Merion
    Department of Parks & Recreation
    75 E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003

Once your application is completed you will receive your permit to identify you and your dog as program participants.

If you have any questions, please call us at (610) 645-6220 or e-mail us at

Email Comments to Donna L. Heller, Director of Parks & Recreation

Application Material, Maps and Additional Information

Off Leash Dog Permit Rules & Regulations PDF Icon

Rules of Engagement PDF Icon

Socialization PDF Icon

West Mill Creek Park - Map PDF Icon

Rolling Hill Park - Map PDF Icon

Photos of the Rolling Hill Fenced Area PDF Icon

Photos - Snow Dog (Rolling Hill Park) by Lynnrae Fenimore  PDF Icon

Dogs Are Permitted On Leash in the Following Parks:

(All Dogs must be leashed and curbed)

Ashbridge Memorial Park

Austin Memorial Park

Black Rock Road Site

Cynwyd Heritage Trail

Cynwyd Station Park

Eco Valley Park

Flat Rock Park

General Wayne Park (Wooded area and elevated Hill ONLY)

Henry Lane Park

Kenealy Nature Park

Linwood Park

Merion Botanical Park

Pencoyd Park

Penn Wynne Park (Wooded area ONLY)

Righters Mill Road Site

Rolling Hill Park

Sharpe Bird Sanctuary

Shortridge Memorial Park (Signed designated area ONLY)

West Mill Creek Park

Williamson Road Site

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