About NYC Parks & Recreation
Parks & Recreation is the steward of approximately 29,000 acres of land — 14 percent of New York City — including more than 5,000 individual properties ranging from Coney Island Beach and Central Park to community gardens and Greenstreets. We operate more than 800 athletic fields and nearly 1,000 playgrounds, 550 tennis courts, 66 public pools, 48 recreational facilities, 17 nature centers, 13 golf courses, and 14 miles of beaches. We care for 1,200 monuments and 23 historic house museums. We look after 650,000 street trees, and two million more in parks. We are New York City's principal providers of recreational and athletic facilities and programs. We are home to free concerts, world-class sports events, and cultural festivals.
Know before you go: Parks Rules & Regulations
General Park Hours
Parks: Sunrise to 1 AM
Playgrounds: 8 AM to Dusk.
New York City Parks: A 12-Minute Tour
Get a look inside one of the world's premiere parks systems in this short film exploring all that New York City Parks & Recreation offers.
Want to see more? From swimming pools to wetlands and everything in between, Parks very own television show, It’s My Park!, showcases the treasure trove of experiences waiting for you in NYC’s parks and recreational facilities.
Need to get in contact with a specific person or division within Parks? Check out our people page! While you’re there you can also meet our Commissioner or Deputy Commissioners. If you can’t find the person you are looking for, try calling us at 888-NYPARKS.
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Who’s playing Summer on the Hudson this year? What’s going on this weekend? Where can I volunteer? When can I tour Fresh Kills? How can I get more fit? Questions like these are answered each day in one of Parks’ educational and entertaining email newsletters. Subscribe today!