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Recreation Center Membership

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Membership Registration

An NYC Parks Recreation Center membership gives you access to New York City’s most affordable and extensive network of recreational facilities across the five boroughs.

How to Become a Member

Anyone can be a member – there are no residency requirements.

Come to any of the Recreation Center locations with one form of photo identification.  If you do not have a valid form of identification, find out how to get one at Get Your IDNYC. Youth can bring a student ID or birth certificate.

Memberships may be paid with:

  • A major credit or debit card with a credit card logo
  • A money order
  • A bank check or personal check (no business checks) made out to "City of New York/Parks & Recreation.”  The check must be issued by a New York State bank.

Cash is not accepted. Refunds are not available.

Membership Fees

Adults 25 through 61

Access to All Centers

Annual Membership Fee: $150
Six-month membership available for $75.

Access to Any Center Without An Indoor Pool

Annual Membership Fee: $100
Six-month membership available for $50.

Seniors 62 and up

Access to All Centers

Annual Membership Fee: $25.

Young Adults 18 through 24

Access to All Centers

Annual Membership Fee: $25.

Youth under 18

Access to All Centers

Free membership!

No sign-up fee!  Instructor-led courses like aerobics, martial arts, music or yoga may require additional session fees. 

Membership Benefits

  • Gyms and indoor tracks
  • Cardio and strength fitness machines
  • Fitness classes
  • Indoor pools*
  • Game room equipment including table tennis and billiards
  • Sports programs for all ages
  • Computer rooms and classes

* Excludes Adult Members who register for access to centers without indoor pools.

Free Fitness Programs

Looking for information on the free fitness programs that NYC Parks offers? Take free fitness classes through Shape Up NYC. For more information, visit BeFitNYC, the search engine for New Yorkers to find free and low cost fitness.


Visitors of New York City must purchase a recreation center membership to use the facilities, and are encouraged to refer to the Recreation Centers page for hours of operation. At this time, day passes for visitors are only available at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Aquatic Center. Please call the center at (718) 271-7572 to inquire about purchasing a day pass.

IDNYC Benefits

New Yorkers ages 25-61 receive a 10% discount for all adult recreation center memberships if they have a New York City ID. To get this discount, just show your IDNYC card at the Recreation Center desk.

Give the Gift of Health

Recreation Center Gift memberships are now available at indoor recreation facilities citywide. Call individual recreation centers for details.

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