Important Parks Department Service Changes Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Updated: Monday, October 21, 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.
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 will be 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.
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: St. James (Bronx); and Sorrentino (Queens)
Two centers sustained damage from Hurricane Ida and will remain closed until further notice; these locations include:
- St. Mary’s (Bronx)
- Red Hook (Brooklyn)
Indoor pools remain closed to the public until September 27.
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.
- All City nature centers are closed until further notice.
- The City's historic houses are working to safely reintroduce visitors to their museums.
- Check individual house museum websites for updated hours and visitation information.
- 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.
- The Urban Park Rangers are offering free programs with limited attendance.
- Shape Up NYC is offering free outdoor programs with limited attendance.
- Media Education instructors are offering free outdoor workshops with limited attendance.
- The Arts, Culture & Fun series are hosting outdoor workshops with limited attendance.
- Many aquatics programs, including indoor Learn to Swim and Lap Swim, are not currently being held at our outdoor pools, as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has affected our ability to hire and train lifeguards. Please check back during the summer for updates as the season progresses.
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.
- City playgrounds are re-open.
- Golf courses and driving ranges are re-open.
- Skate parks are re-open.
- Grilling areas are re-open.
- Dog runs are re-open. Our off-leash rules still apply.
- Athletic fields and courts are re-open.
- City beaches are open for swimming from Memorial Day Weekend through September 12, 2021.
- New York City's outdoor public pools are open for swimming through September 12, 2021. Indoor pools remain closed to the public until September 27.
- The Wildlife Conservation Society re-opened its zoos and aquarium to all guests.
- The Arsenal Gallery reopens on Monday, October 25.
Visit our list of Virtual and Online Programs to find upcoming events presented by NYC Parks and our friends and partners.