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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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Become an NYC Lifeguard

Learn how you can apply for the best summer job NYC has to offer: lifeguarding at beaches and pools for summer 2019! Qualifying tests start in December. Learn more about becoming a lifeguard

Things to Do

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Ice Skating

Many of our ice skating rinks re-open for the season this weekend! Grab your skates or rent a pair and go ice skating in the park! Find an ice skating rink

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Arsenal Gallery: Wreath Interpretations

Our annual wreath show in Central Park features wild, wacky and unconventional wreaths by more than 40 creative individuals. On view at the Arsenal Gallery through January 3. Learn more about the exhibit

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Holiday Lightings

We're turning on the holiday lights! Join us at upcoming tree and menorah lightings in our parks! More info

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Kids Week

December 26 - 28, 2018While schools are out for Winter Recess, our Urban Park Rangers are hosting free and fun educational programs for kids. Join us for hiking adventures, survival skills workshops, campfire activities, and fun nature workshops! Learn more about Kids Week programs

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Design GreenThumb's T-Shirt

Deadline: December 16, 2018Submit your design for GreenThumb's largest conference of community gardeners and gardening enthusiasts! More info

Gracie Mansion is decorated for the holidays

New Year's Eve Fireworks

December 31, 2018Say goodbye to 2018 with live entertainment and fireworks at midnight as we ring in the new year! NYE fireworks event info 

Events Calendar

For more upcoming events, please visit our Events Calendar.

Program Registration

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Help care for street trees and forests in your neighborhood. Sign up to volunteer

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Parks Swim Team

Kids aged 6 to 18 are invited to join our swim team! Participants develop swimming skills and compete at swim meets. Register for the Parks Swim Team

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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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