New Year’s Resolutions
Did you make a New Year’s resolution yet? Here’s how you can get started on your 2018 goals today!
In 2018, I want to ...
Help Fight Climate Change
At MulchFest, you can recycle your Christmas tree into mulch we'll use to nourish street trees and plantings in our parks. Don't have a tree? Pick up a free bag of mulch for your garden or become a MulchFest volunteer and help us spread mulch around young trees to insulate them during the cold winter weather. Learn more about MulchFest
Get in Shape
Save on pricey gym fees: join a gym at NYC Parks
We offer memberships for as low as $100/year, and only $25 for young adults, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. Memberships are free for kids and teens under 17 years old! Members can get access to our 12 indoor pools, free fitness classes, arts and digital technology courses, free swimming programs, and our indoor track and field center. Learn more about Recreation Center Memberships
Join free, no commitment, no gym membership required fitness classes
Jump start your workout routine! Throughout the year, our Shape Up NYC program offers free, indoor fitness classes, including yoga, kickboxing, and dance. There are classes in each borough, at community centers and at recreation centers in our parks. Find a free Shape Up class near you
Practice Mindfulness with Nature
Mindful contact with nature improves your mood and relieves stress. Mindfulness is all about being present. The next time you visit a park, stop to listen to to whistle of the wind while your eyes are closed; breathe in the fresh air; examine how the trees grow; and keep your eyes peeled for birds and squirrels.
Get started by joining our free New Year's Day Hikes with our Urban Park Rangers! Can't make it? Our park rangers host hiking trips and other fun adventures in our parks year-round! Check out the Urban Park Rangers' Events Calendar
If you're looking to venture out on your own, unwind from the bustle on these recommended hiking trails!
Shop at a greenmarket
Shop for fresh, locally grown food at a greenmarket. Visit GrowNYC to find a list of markets in parks near you.
Learn something new
Become Tech Savvy
Learn web design, game design, Photoshop, coding and more at our Media Labs. All classes are free with a recreation center membership. Sign up today! Learn more about our digital technology programs
Learn how to swim
Do you know how to swim? We offer swimming lessons each season for adults, kids, and toddlers. Classes are held at indoor pools at our recreation centers. Learn more about our Learn to Swim program
Spend more time with loved ones
Check out our Weekend Fun Guide to find events and other fun things to do during the weekend, or take a look at our Places to Go page for highlights of cool destinations in our parks each season. Keep a look out for our upcoming citywide festivals, like Winter Jam—our ultimate snow day and sports fest in Central Park on January 27, 2018.