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

Updated: Thursday, May 21 at 12:00 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 http://nyc.gov/coronavirus, 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.

Face Coverings

New York City will continue face coverings in parks across the city free of charge through the social distancing period. For more information visit nyc.gov/facecoverings.

Facility Closures

  • All City playgrounds are closed until further notice.
  • All NYC Parks Recreation Centers are closed to the public until further notice. We will be extending all memberships to our recreation center members to cover the length of time we are closed.
  • City beaches are closed for swimming until further notice. Walking, running, exercising, and access to the sand and boardwalk are still permitted during regular park hours.
  • Barbecuing and gatherings are prohibited and grilling areas are closed.
  • Basketball, handball, and tennis courts are closed and locked. All basketball court rims and tennis nets have been removed.
  • Bocce courts and volleyball courts are closed.
  • Skate parks are closed.
  • Dog runs are closed until further notice. Our parks remain open to dogs and pet owners to get fresh air and exercise. Our off-leash rules still apply, but please note that the Center for Disease Control recommends that all dog owners keep their dogs on a leash and maintain at least six feet of distance from other people and animals.
  • All City nature centers are closed until further notice.
  • The City's historic houses are closed. 
    • Roger Morris Park, Dyckman Farmhouse Park, and Queens Farm Park are closed.
  • The Swedish Cottage is closed.
  • As a precaution, the High Line is closed.
  • To provide a staging area for first responders, Fort Totten Park is closed to the public.
  • The Arsenal Gallery is closed until further notice.
  • At this time, most concessions are closed, including ice skating rinks, amusement parks and carousels, golf courses, indoor tennis facilities, souvenir shops, and more. 
    • Farmers markets and gas stations remain open. Customers must practice social distancing.
    • A few snack bars & restaurants remain open for takeout or delivery. Customers must 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 June 30. 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 until further notice.

  • 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.
  • Adventures NYC is cancelled.
  • 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

  • NYC's tennis season is delayed until further notice. Tennis permit sales have been suspended for the 2020 season. If you have already purchased a tennis permit, it will be valid through 2021.
  • 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.
  • Marinas, boatyards, and boat launches are open for personal use of vessels only. Vessel charters, rentals, and group activities or social gatherings are prohibited. Patrons must practice social distancing at all times and wear a face covering where social distancing is not possible. 

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