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

Updated: Wednesday, April 1 at 3:00 p.m.

The World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 disease, known as the coronavirus, a pandemic. During this time, we ask that all park goers use additional precautions to protect their health and safety and that of those around them.

At this time, City parks are open. We ask that all park goers take extra precautions to stay healthy and safe. While solo exercise is okay, team sports (such as basketball, football, softball, and soccer) are not permitted in our parks at this time. Please maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others when outside and avoid congregating in groups. 

Our park restrooms are open. We are cleaning our restrooms daily with appropriate cleaning products to ensure that they are being fully disinfected. Restrooms located within City playgrounds are closed until further notice.

For more information about coronavirus and a guide on how to stay safe, please visit, or text COVID to 692-692 to receive regular SMS texts with the latest news and developments from Notify NYC.

Service Changes and Cancellations

Many events being held in parks by outside groups are being canceled or rescheduled. Before attending, please check with the organizing group to confirm.

Facility Closures

  • All City playgrounds are closed until further notice.
  • All NYC Parks Recreation Centers are closed to the public until further notice.
  • All City nature centers are closed until further notice.
  • Basketball court rims have been removed at locations where repeated attempts at social distancing have not been successful.
  • NYC's tennis season is delayed until further notice. Tennis courts are currently closed to tennis play, and tennis permit sales have been suspended for the 2020 season. If you have already purchased a tennis permit, it will be valid through 2021.
  • The City's historic houses are closed. 
    • Roger Morris Park, Dyckman Farmhouse Park, and Queens Farm Park are closed.
  • The City's marinas are closed.
  • The Swedish Cottage is closed.
  • As a precaution, the High Line is closed.
  • The Arsenal Gallery is closed through April 12.
  • At this time, many concessions are closed, including ice skating rinks, amusement parks and carousels, golf courses, indoor tennis facilities, souvenir shops, and more. 
    • Some concessions, such as gas stations, farmers markets, snack bars/restaurants that provide take out or delivery, and some food carts will remain open and practice social distancing. 
    • For the health and safety of the horses, stables will remain operational, but closed to the general public.

Programming Cancellations 

In response to the State and City’s directive, all public gatherings in our parks are cancelled through April 22, 2020. In the interest of the health and safety of all of our patrons, NYC Parks is not accepting, nor reviewing, event applications for any Special Events or Field and Court Permits at this time.

  • All Shape Up NYC programs are cancelled until further notice. Please follow Shape Up NYC on Facebook for news on upcoming free online fitness opportunities.
  • Urban Park Ranger programs are cancelled.
  • All tournaments and sports practices are cancelled.
  • All special events held in recreation centers have been cancelled.
  • NYC Parks Stewardship events have been postponed until further notice.

Programming Service Changes

  • Street Games, originally scheduled for April 25, has been postponed.
  • GreenThumb community gardens are closed to the general public until further notice. Gardens are open to garden members only at the discretion of each group, and only for absolutely necessary maintenance and season preparation.

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