Important Parks Department Service Changes Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated: Friday, November 12, 2021

 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.

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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.

COVID-19 Vaccines

It has never been easier to get a COVID-19 Vaccine in New York City. Visit NYC's Vaccine Command Center page for more information on how to get vaccinated today. Starting August 17, people 12 and older are required to show proof they have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO for a number of activities. Visit NYC Health's Key to NYC page for more information.

COVID-19 Testing

Free COVID-19 testing is now available in New York City at more than 100 locations across the city. Visit the City's COVID-19 Testing page for more.

Recreation Center Re-Openings

As of Monday, September 13, recreation centers across the five boroughs are reopen to all New Yorkers — members and non-members — for free. Free memberships are available to New Yorkers who sign up between September 7 - December 31, 2021. The membership term will last for one year from the date the individual signs up, and will grant access to citywide facilities. 

Select centers will remain closed for public use to continue serving as vaccination and testing sites; the closed locations are:

  • Vaccination Sites: Kwame Ture (Bronx)
  • Testing Sites: Sorrentino (Queens)

Some centers sustained damage from Hurricane Ida and will remain closed until further notice; these locations include:

  • St. James (Bronx)
  • St. Mary’s (Bronx)
  • Red Hook (Brooklyn)

Indoor pools have re-opened at several recreation centers. Please check the schedule at the individual recreation center for details.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required, for those who are eligible, to enter recreation centers, and mask-wearing is required for all. In addition, equipment has been arranged to promote social distancing, and shared equipment will be cleaned frequently. You will be asked to complete a health screening and your temperature will be taken before you enter the facility. 

Facility Closures

  • The City's historic houses are working to safely reintroduce visitors to their museums.
  • The Swedish Cottage is closed.
  • 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 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.

Facility Re-Openings

As our facilities re-open, we ask that patrons continue to take precautions. Wash your hands frequently and wipe down equipment. Cover your coughs and sneezes, do not touch your face, and stay home if you feel sick.

Visit our list of Virtual and Online Programs to find upcoming events presented by NYC Parks and our friends and partners.

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