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.
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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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- Recreation centers and indoor pools are re-open. Masks are strongly encouraged. Kwame Ture Recreation Center and Sorrentino Recreation Center will remain closed for public use to continue serving as vaccination and testing sites.
- 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 the week after Labor Day.
- The Wildlife Conservation Society re-opened its zoos and aquarium to all guests.
- The Arsenal Gallery is re-open.
- Nature centers are re-open. Masks are strongly encouraged.
Visit our list of Virtual and Online Programs to find upcoming events presented by NYC Parks and our friends and partners.