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

Updated: Saturday, March 5, 2022

Effective March 7, 2022, proof of vaccination, temperature checks, and health screenings are no longer required to enter our recreation centers and nature centers. Masks are strongly encouraged.

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.

COVID-19 Testing

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

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.

Facility Closures

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

  • 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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