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Notices

Before you head out to a park, recreation center or other Parks facility, check here for issues that may affect your visit.

Park and Facility Closures

ParkHighbridge Park

The High Bridge will be open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. In the coming months, visitors may notice crews completing a few remaining construction items on the bridge. The completion of these final touches will have a minimal impact on visitor experience.

ParkNorth Brother Island

Access to North Brother Island is restricted because of safety concerns and its present capacity as a water bird nesting habitat. Through approximately the fall of 2016, NYC Parks will not be allowing access to the island. During that time, Parks will be managing a natural resources project, including securing several hazardous conditions, conducting extensive storm debris cleanup, and removing a number of hazardous leaning trees in addition to restoring harbor heron habitat. For this reason, Parks is unable to accommodate requests to visit North Brother Island at this time.

ParkSoundview Park

Anticipated Completion: Summer 2015

Portions of this park will be closed to bring an exciting and playful space for children, teenagers and adults to play. The new Metcalf Playground will bring an exciting and playful space for children, teenagers and adults to play and recreate. And a natural amphitheater and performance lawn will allow concerts, theater performances, and other cultural programs to be conducted in Soundview Park.

PlaygroundsBetsy Head Memorial Playground

Anticipated Completion: Winter 2016

Betsy Head Playground is under construction. This project will create an Imagination Playground that will include a water, sand and block play area in Betsy Head.

BathroomsBill Brown Memorial Playground

Anticipated Completion: Summer 2016

Bill Brown Memorial Playground is under construction. This project will reconstruct the comfort station.

BeachesConey Island and Coney Island Boardwalk

Anticipated Completion: Spring 2016

Portions of the boardwalk are closed to reconstruct the street ends of Brighton 2nd Street and West 33rd Street in Coney Island, Brooklyn in order to provide new ADA compliant ramps to the boardwalk, sitting areas, new planted areas and lighting.

ParkCooper Park

Anticipated Completion: Spring 2016

Cooper Park is currently under construction. This project will reconstruct the basketball, handball and sand volleyball courts, and construct a new dog run.

ParkDome Playground

Anticipated Completion: Spring 2016

Dome Playground is currently closed for reconstruction.

ParkFort Greene Park

Anticipated Completion: Fall 2015

The Willoughby Avenue entrance of Fort Greene Park is currently under reconstruction. This project will also improve park paths, perimeter sidewalks and landscape elements in Fort Greene Park.

PlaygroundsGlenwood Playground

Anticipated Completion: Summer 2015

A portion of Glenwood Playground is currently under reconstruction.

ParkGravesend Park

Anticipated Completion: Spring 2016

Gravesend Park is under reconstruction. This project will demolish the hockey rink, expand the playground and reconstruct the court area and ballfields in Gravesend Park.

Recreation CentersHerbert Von King Cultural Arts Center

Effective April 11, 2015, the Herbert Von King Cultural Arts Center will be closed until renovations are complete. Parks will continue to serve the Bed-Stuy community by offering quality activities during the exciting renovations to the Center. As part of this preserved programming, there will be a host of recreational activities on weekdays after school in April and May, weekends in May and June, and weekdays in July and August. The programs will range from fitness classes and arts, to bike riding and games for all ages.

BathroomsLeif Ericson Park & Square

Anticipated Completion: Fall 2015

The park remains open while the construction of the comfort station is ongoing.

ParkProspect Park

Anticipated Completion: Winter 2015

The Prospect Park Well House is under reconstruction in order to build a new composting latrine. The park remains open while the building gets reconstructed.

ParkProspect Park

Starting July 6, 2015, Prospect Park's West Drive will be permanently car-free after 9 a.m. on weekdays and 24 hours a day on weekends and holidays. For more information, please visit on.nyc.gov/1MOAh40.

Baseball FieldsProspect Park

Anticipated Completion: Summer 2015

The Long Meadow Ballfields will be closed at Prospect Park for construction. The reconstruction of the Long Meadow Ballfields is a multi-phase project encompassing 34 acres of fields, paths and woodlands. The project incorporates contemporary storm water management techniques that support our goal of capturing and retaining storm water runoff. These improvements will also help to filter runoff before it enters our watercourse. Designed to revitalize the park’s sporting community, the first phase will restore Field One, pedestrian and bridle paths, drinking fountains, benches, and include new tree plantings.

ParkRed Hook Recreation Area

NYC Parks is committed to making sure all parks are safe and healthy environments. Parks is continuing to work with EPA as they test the Redhook Ballfields for contamination. In the interim, we expect softball/baseball fields 5, 6, 7 and 8 will be closed until a clean-up plan is completed, and soccer fields 1, 2, 6 and 9 will be tested further.

ParkSt. John's Recreation Center

Anticipated Completion: Summer 2015

The seating area in the playground behind St. John's Recreation Center will be renovated and the seats have been removed. This project will reconstruct the outdoor sitting area adjacent to the recreation center in St. John’s Park. The sitting area will act as the central hub for the many recreational activities the park offers, as well as a place for rest and passive recreation. In addition to views of the colorful mural on the center’s wall, park goers will enjoy new benches, fencing, picnic tables, game tables and chairs, a drinking fountain, flowering trees and various ornamental plantings.

ParkTaaffe Playground

Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, this park is closed until further notice.

PlaygroundsWingate Park

Anticipated Completion: Summer 2015

A portion of the playground at Wingate Park is closed for reconstruction.

Recreation CentersAsser Levy Recreation Center

Anticipated Completion: 09/19/2015

Beginning Saturday, June 20, the indoor pool at Asser Levy Recreation Center is closed for the summer to make way for the outdoor pool! Free outdoor pools open across the city on Saturday, June 27. We appreciate your flexibility about this change and hope you enjoy the city's outdoor pools!

ParkCentral Park

Anticipated Completion: Summer 2015

As of April 27, Central Park's Bow Bridge is closed to the public for structural work and a fresh coat of paint. The work is expected to last three to four months. Removing the old paint will require wrapping the bridge in a tent-like structure to prevent debris from falling into the water. Along with repainting, the work will include replacing the wooden decking, fixing several beams on the underside of the span, and reinforcing approaches at either end.

ParkCentral Park

Starting June 29, 2015, Central Park Drives north of 72nd Street will be permanently car-free. For more information, please visit on.nyc.gov/1MOAh40.

PlaygroundsDry Dock Playground

Anticipated Completion: Spring 2016

Dry Dock Playground is under construction. This project will reconstruct the play equipment, security lighting, and perform additional site work.

ParkFort Tryon Park

Anticipated Completion: Spring 2015

The path and stairs in Fort Tryon Park that lead to the Cloisters are currently under reconstruction. The fencing and lighting along the pathway will also be reconstructed and upgraded.

Recreation CentersHansborough Recreation Center

The elevator is currently out of service.

ParkHighbridge Park

The High Bridge will be open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. In the coming months, visitors may notice crews completing a few remaining construction items on the bridge. The completion of these final touches will have a minimal impact on visitor experience.

Nature CentersInwood Hill Nature Center

Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, this facility is closed until further notice.

ParkRiverside Park

Anticipated Completion: Spring 2016

The northernmost A-dock at the 79th Street Boat Basin is currently closed to public access for structural enhancements. The dock will be further supported with non-wood pilings and a new wave screen.

ParkStuyvesant Square

Anticipated Completion: Spring 2016

Stuyvesant Square Park is under construction. This project will reconstruction the east section fence and perimeter sidewalk.

ParkThe Battery

Anticipated Completion: Summer 2015

Portions of the Battery are closed for various improvements, including a connection between the Greenways along the Hudson River and the East River. The 12-acre site will feature a meandering bikeway and walkway through lushly planted perennial gardens; a reconstructed Battery Green, the large oval lawn that serves as a public assembly and performance area; restoration and relocation of 10 monuments to the perimeter for better placement and increased visibility; a protected and replanted woodland area; new paths, trees and seating surrounding the park, and upgraded paving, edging, furnishings and lighting.

ParkThe Battery

Anticipated Completion: Summer 2015

The SeaGlass Carousel is currently under construction. SeaGlass is an aquatic-themed ride aimed at providing an exciting amenity for the millions of tourists and New Yorkers who visit the Battery annually.

Recreation CentersTony Dapolito Recreation Center

Anticipated Completion: Summer 2015

Beginning Saturday, June 20, the indoor pool at Tony Dapolito Recreation Center is closed for the summer to make way for the outdoor pool! Free outdoor pools open across the city on Saturday, June 27. We appreciate your flexibility about this change and hope you enjoy the city's outdoor pools!

ParkTrygve Lie Plaza

Anticipated Completion: Spring 2016

The sitting area at Trygve Lie Plaza is currently under reconstruction.

ParkEvergreen Park

Anticipated Completion: Spring 2016

Evergreen Park is currently under construction. This project will demolish the bocce and shuffleboard courts, install play equipment, and reconstruct the spray shower.

ParkHighland Park

Anticipated Completion: Spring 2016

Natural Turf ball fields 1 and 2 in Highland Park are currently under reconstruction.

ParkHoward Von Dohlen Playground

Anticipated Completion: Fall 2015

The park will be closed to reconstruct the existing playground to meet modern safety standards, provide for ADA accessibility, and correct existing site drainage problems. This much needed renovation will include new play equipment for young children, new safety surfacing, new play swings and a new spray shower. Additionally, new park benches will be installed and planting areas will be expanded to add raised tree pits and additional greenery to the site. This project will also construct a new comfort station whose design includes a green roof and radiant heat flooring. A new drinking fountain will be installed. Both the comfort station and drinking fountain will be ADA compliant.

ParkHoward Von Dohlen Playground

Anticipated Completion: Spring 2016

Von Dohlen Playground is currently under construction. This project will reconstruct the asphalt ballfield and construct an adult fitness and skate area.

ParkLittle Bay Park

Anticipated Completion: Fall 2015

The comfort station at Little Bay Park is currently closed due to construction. Portable toilets will remain on site until the completion of construction.

Tennis CourtsWillowbrook Park

The tennis courts at Willowbrook Park Tennis Courts have been closed indefinitely in order to repair the asphalt.

Roller HockeyWolfe's Pond Park

Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, the Wolfe's Pond hockey rink is closed until further notice.

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