Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

As of May 19, New York State has implemented the CDC's Interim Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People. Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks or be socially distanced, however unvaccinated children and adults should wear a face covering and practice social distancing. Face coverings are required to enter any municipal building, regardless of vaccination status.

Service Changes and Cancellations

Some events being held in parks by outside groups may have additional safety measures. Before attending, please check with the organizing group to confirm.

Recreation Center Re-Openings

As of July 31, 2021, the following NYC Parks recreation centers have re-opened to active members on a limited basis:


  • Hunts Point Recreation Center
  • St. Mary's Recreation Center


  • Brownsville Recreation Center
  • St. John's Recreation Center
  • McCarren Play Center
  • Metropolitan Recreation Center


  • Alfred E. Smith Recreation Center
  • Asser Levy Recreation Center
  • Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center
  • Hansborough Recreation Center
  • Highbridge Recreation Center
  • Recreation Center 54
  • Thomas Jefferson Recreation Center


  • Al Oerter Recreation Center
  • Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center

Staten Island

  • Faber Recreation Center
  • Greenbelt Recreation Center
  • Lyons Recreation Center
  • Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex

At this time, advance reservations are required to use these facilities. Face coverings are required to enter a recreation center, regardless of vaccination status. Recreation center equipment has been arranged to promote social distancing and shared equipment will be cleaned frequently. Indoor pools remain closed to the public at this time.

Facility Closures

  • The City's historic houses are working to safely reintroduce visitors to their museums.
  • The Swedish Cottage is closed.
  • The Arsenal Gallery is closed until further notice.
  • At this time, certain concessions remain closed, including indoor tennis facilities, and others. 
    • Stables remain operational for boarding and are now open to outdoor riding.

Programming Cancellations

Programming Service Changes

  • Tennis permits are required for the 2021 season. If you have purchased a 2020 tennis permit, it will be valid through 2021.
  • At the discretion of each garden group, GreenThumb community gardens operating on NYC Parks property may open to licensed garden members as well as to members of the general public. Gardens are not required to host public open hours.
  • The Urban Park Rangers are offering free programs with limited attendance.
  • Shape Up NYC is offering free outdoor programs with limited attendance.
  • Media Education instructors are offering free outdoor workshops with limited attendance.
  • The Arts, Culture & Fun series are hosting outdoor workshops with limited attendance.
  • Many aquatics programs, including indoor Learn to Swim and Lap Swim, are not currently being held at our outdoor pools, as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has affected our ability to hire and train lifeguards.

Need something else?

You can get information about New York City parks and park facilities.

Many parks have playgrounds and playground accessibility for people with disabilities. Some parks may include grounds for:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Dog runs
  • Football
  • Inline skating
  • Ice skating
  • Cricket
  • Bocce ball
  • Tennis
  • Horseback riding

Alcoholic beverages are not allowed on any Parks grounds.

Find a park.

Find other park facilities.

Dog Runs

Dog runs are large, fenced-in areas where dogs can exercise unleashed. Certain park areas allow dogs to be off-leash from the time the park opens until 9 AM and from 9 PM until the park closes. Dogs that are off-leash in these areas must have dog licenses and their owners must carry proof of the dog's rabies vaccination.


Learn about accessibility for people with disabilities.

Battery Park City Conservancy operates the following parks:

  • Robert F. Wagner Park
  • South Cove
  • West Thames Park
  • The Esplanade
  • Rector Park
  • Monsignor Thomas Kowsky Plaza or Pumpkin Park
  • Esplanade Plaza
  • North Cove
  • WFC Plaza
  • Irish Hunger Memorial
  • Community Playing Fields
  • Nelson A. Rockefeller Park

Learn more about Battery Park City Conservancy:

  • Agency: Battery Park City Authority
  • Division: Battery Park City Parks Conservancy
  • Phone Number: (212) 267-9700
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM

You can get information about parks in Long Island, including Jones Beach, Robert Moses State Park, and Bethpage State Park.


Learn more about State parks on Long Island.

By Phone

  • Agency: New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation
  • Division: Long Island Region
  • Phone Number: (516) 785-1600

You can get information about parks within New York City and the greater Long Island area that are run by New York State and federal governments.

You can contact these parks about maintenance problems and other issues.

Popular State parks in the NYC area include:

  • East River State Park
  • Jones Beach
  • Hudson River Park

Popular parklands operated by the federal government include:

  • Jacob Riis Park
  • Fort Tilden
  • Gateway National Recreation Area

Learn more about State parks in the New York City area.

Learn more about Federal parks in the New York City area.

Little Island is a 2.4-acre public park in Hudson River Park on the West side of Manhattan. Located in the Hudson River off of the West Side Highway with entrances at West 13th and 14th Streets.

Visitors must refrain from the following activities:

  • Walking in plant beds
  • Picking flowers or plants
  • Bringing in outside alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Riding or bringing bicycles
  • Using skateboards, skates, and scooters
  • Fishing
  • Playing amplified sound
  • Solicitation
  • Commercial activity
  • Littering
  • Obstructing entrances or paths
  • Bringing dogs, with the exception of service dogs
  • Flying drones

Learn more about Little Island Park.

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