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No matter the season or weather, Parks has something fun to keep you active and amused. Through countless programs, events, and exhibits, we transform neighborhood parks and playgrounds into classrooms, theaters, gyms, planetariums, museums, and more. You can find fitness opportunities tailored to your age, location, and interests through BeFitNYC, or discover local events that match your availability and recreational desires in our Upcoming Events calendar. Add to that all of the Parks Department’s programs for the picking and first-class art for the finding, and you’ll learn that a visit to the park is the perfect antidote to a humdrum day.

Fitness Search: BeFitNYC

One benefit of living in the greatest city in the world is the amazing variety of recreational, athletic, and fitness opportunities available for people of all ages, interests and abilities. Parks offers many free or low-cost activities that can help New Yorkers get fit and stay fit. We’ve put information about our programs and others offered by local fitness organizations at your fingertips with our online guide and search engine, BeFitNYC.

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Activities & Facilities

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.

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Citywide Festivals

Parks produces a variety of large festivals and special events that provide unique experiences for thousands of New Yorkers year-round. Learn more about some of our biggest events by visiting the pages below.

Programs

Don’t get left out of the fun! Last year over four million people participated in our programs and special events.

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Upcoming Events

Winter Wonderland Hike (vigorous)

Sunday, December 21, 2014
Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park), Manhattan

Historic New York: Monuments of Prospect Park

Sunday, December 21, 2014
Grand Army Plaza Arch (in Grand Army Plaza), Brooklyn

Santa's Corner at Bryant Park

Sunday, December 21, 2014
Bryant Park, Manhattan

The Science Behind the Solstice

Sunday, December 21, 2014
Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley), Staten Island

Winter Solstice Celebration

Sunday, December 21, 2014
Van Cortlandt Golf House & Lower Putnam Trail (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx

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Forever Wild

Parks’ 51 Forever Wild Nature Preserves include over 8,700 acres of towering forests, vibrant wetlands, and expansive meadows. These vital open spaces offer the chance to walk in the woods, paddle a stream, or observe wildlife.

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