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

Updated: Thursday, June 23 at 9:00 a.m.

The World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 disease, also 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.

 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

Many events being held in parks by outside groups may have additional safety measures. Before attending, please check with the organizing group to confirm.

COVID-19 Vaccines

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.

COVID-19 Testing

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 June 23, 2021, the following NYC Parks recreation centers have re-opened to active members on a limited basis:

  • Bronx
    • Hunts Point Recreation Center
  • Brooklyn
    • Brownsville Recreation Center
    • McCarren Play Center
  • Manhattan
    • Alfred E. Smith Recreation Center
    • Hansborough Recreation Center
    • Highbridge Recreation Center
    • Recreation Center 54
    • Thomas Jefferson Recreation Center
    • Tony Dapolito Recreation Center
  • Queens
    • Al Oerter Recreation Center
    • Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center
  • Staten Island
    • Faber Recreation Center
    • Greenbelt Recreation Center
    • Lyons Recreation Center
    • Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex

At this time, advance reservations are required to use these facilities. Face coverings are required to enter a recreation center, regardless of vaccination status. Recreation center equipment has been arranged to promote social distancing and shared equipment will be cleaned frequently. Indoor pools remain closed to the public at this time.

Facility Closures

  • All City nature centers are closed until further notice.
  • The City's historic houses are working to safely reintroduce visitors to their museums.
  • The Swedish Cottage is closed.
  • The Arsenal Gallery is closed until further notice.
  • 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 Cancellations

Programming Service Changes

  • Some field and court permit applications are now being reviewed and issued. Please visit our Field and Court Permit Request page for details.
  • 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 cancelled for 2020-21. We are still determining whether outdoor aquatics programs are feasible this summer.

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.

  • 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, 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.
  • Basketball, handball, tennis, bocce, and volleyball courts are re-open. Participants should continue to wear face coverings, follow social distancing protocols and avoid high-contact games, such as pick-up basketball.
  • City beaches are open for swimming from Memorial Day Weekend through September 12, 2021.
  • New York City's outdoor public pools will be open for swimming on June 26, 2021. Indoor pools remain closed to the public until further notice.
  • The Wildlife Conservation Society re-opened its zoos and aquarium to all guests.

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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