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What’s Happening in NYC Parks

Learn about upcoming ribbon cuttings, initiatives, events, and programs in New York City parks. Visit our Events Calendar to view all events in Parks. 

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Join a Gym With an Indoor Pool

Make a splashy move in 2020! Join a Parks gym with an indoor pool for just $150 per year with no annual fees. Discounts are available for young adults, seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, and IDNYC cardholders. Learn more about our indoor pools

Things to Do

war veterans look for names of fallen soldiers on a wall of the granite memorial

New War Memorial: Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Queens

On Friday, December 20, we joined Queens Borough President Melinda Katz at Elmhurst Park in opening the first NYC memorial to Queens Vietnam War veterans. Learn more

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Arsenal Gallery: Black History Month

Thursday, January 16, 2020Join us at the opening night of the Arsenal Gallery's Black History Month exhibition which highlights parks and monuments that honor black scientists, artists, activists, and military personnel. Learn more

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Rec Center Open House

Try out NYC's best fitness deal for free! Some of our recreation centers are opening their doors this winter so you can try out our indoor fitness facilities and programs, and what it is like to be a member of a rec center. Find an Open House event near you

guests skate at the Bryant Park rink at night when the rink is lit up purple

Ice Skating

It's ice skating season in NYC! Lace up your skates and join us at one of our outdoor ice skating rinks. Find an ice skating rink

an instructor teaches kids how to ski on a snow covered landscape in the park

Winter Jam

Saturday, Feburary 1, 2020Enjoy showshoeing, skiing, bowling, and dodgeball at our annual winter sports festival in Central Park. Please note: space in the Learn to Ski activity is limited. You must enter the drawing for a chance to participate. Learn more about Winter Jam

guests look out and take photos from the top of the watchtower

Mount Morris Fire Watchtower Tours

This recently restored landmark is now open for visitors! Get a chance to go inside with the Urban Park Rangers. Tour info

Events Calendar

For more upcoming events, please visit our Events Calendar.

Program Registration

kids learn how to float and kick while holding on to the edge of the pool

Spring Learn to Swim

Registration opens on March 2We offer classes for kids, tots, and adults. Our spring Learn to Swim classes are free with a recreation center membership. Learn more about our Learn to Swim program

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Urban Park Rangers

Explore NYC Parks with a park ranger. Join a free tour, hiking trips, overnight camping programs, birding events, and more! Some programs require advance registrations by lottery or on a first-come, first-serve basis. Check out Urban Park Rangers events

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Parks Swim Team

Registration is openKids and teens are invited to join our citywide swim teams! Learn more

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