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Notices

Before you head out to a park, recreation center or other Parks facility, check here for issues that may affect your visit.

Park and Facility Closures

Nature CentersCrotona Park Nature Center

The Crotona Park Nature Center is currently closed, with no public access.

PlaygroundsOld Hickory Playground

Anticipated Completion: Winter 2019

The playground will be closed until further notice for the repair and replacement of safety surfacing.

ParkPelham Bay Park

Anticipated Completion: Fall 2018

Raccoons in Pelham Bay Park have tested positive for canine distemper virus. Although the virus cannot be transmitted to humans, it may be transmitted to dogs. Keep your pets safe in the park.

Please avoid wildlife and make sure your pets have up-to-date distemper and rabies vaccines. We strongly recommend keeping your pet on a leash, especially during dawn and dusk.

Please call 311 or notify an on-site Parks employee if you see a sick or injured animal.

If you are bitten, wash the wound with soap and water immediately. Call your doctor to see if you need tetanus or rabies shots, and call 311 to report the bite.

The Health Department will continue to monitor this condition.

ParkStarlight Park Zone 2

Anticipated Completion: Summer 2018

Due to construction, the south entrance at Starlight Park near the boat dock is temporarily closed. Please use the entrance at 174th Street or 177th Street.

Recreation CentersHerbert Von King Cultural Arts Center

Effective April 11, 2015, the Herbert Von King Cultural Arts Center will be closed until renovations are complete. Track our progress

ParkJesse Owens Playground

Jesse Owens Playground is currently closed for reconstruction through the City's Community Parks Initiative. Please follow our construction progress on this park's Capital Projects Tracker page.

ParkProspect Park

Anticipated Completion: Fall 2018

Raccoons in Prospect Park have tested positive for canine distemper virus. Although the virus cannot be transmitted to humans, it may be transmitted to dogs. Keep your pets safe in the park.

Please avoid wildlife and make sure your pets have up-to-date distemper and rabies vaccines. We strongly recommend keeping your pet on a leash, especially during dawn and dusk.

Please call 311 or notify an on-site Parks employee if you see a sick or injured animal.

If you are bitten, wash the wound with soap and water immediately. Call your doctor to see if you need tetanus or rabies shots, and call 311 to report the bite.

The Health Department will continue to monitor this condition.

ParkRed Hook Recreation Area

NYC Parks is committed to making sure all parks are safe and healthy environments. Parks is continuing to work with EPA as they test the Redhook Ballfields for contamination. In the interim, we expect softball/baseball fields 5, 6, 7 and 8 will be closed until a clean-up plan is completed, and soccer fields 1, 2, 6 and 9 will be tested further.

Media LabsSt. John’s Media Lab

Anticipated Completion: 11/26/2018

The Media Lab room will be closed while under construction 5/16 - 11/26/18. Will re-open Monday 11/26/18. Call 212-360-2702 for alternate locations.

Recreation CentersSt. John’s Recreation Center

Effective Monday May 21, 2018, the St. Johns Recreation Center will be closed until renovations are complete. Track our progress

Recreation CentersAlfred E. Smith Recreation Center

We are experiencing a temporary disruption in our phone service. Please contact the center at (646) 992-7859. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Nature CentersBelvedere Castle Visitor Center

Beginning Monday, February 26, Belvedere Castle will be closed for restoration. The castle will reopen to the public in 2019. To reach our Urban Park Rangers at Central Park, please call (212) 360-1444.

ParkCentral Park

Anticipated Completion: Summer 2018

Raccoons in Central Park have tested positive for canine distemper virus. Although the virus cannot be transmitted to humans, it may be transmitted to dogs. Keep your pets safe in the park.

Please avoid wildlife and make sure your pets have up-to-date distemper and rabies vaccines. Keep your pet on a leash, especially during dawn and dusk.

Please call 311 or notify an on-site Parks employee if you see a sick or injured animal.

If you are bitten, wash the wound with soap and water immediately. Call your doctor to see if you need tetanus or rabies shots, and call 311 to report the bite.

The Health Department will continue to monitor this condition.

ParkCentral Park

Beginning Monday, February 26, Belvedere Castle will be closed for restoration. The surrounding plaza and terrace remain open, but will also close in the coming weeks. The Belvedere will reopen to the public in 2019. For more information on the restoration of Belvedere Castle, please visit Central Park Conservancy's website.

ParkCarl Schurz Park

Anticipated Completion: Winter 2019

The East River Walkway has been partially closed at 89th Street for safety precautions. We are working to reconstruct the site, and NYC Parks personnel will be posted at the site to ensure public safety.

Recreation CentersChelsea Recreation Center

Please be advised the gymnasium will be closed from Monday, October 22nd until Tuesday, October 30th due to our Annual Halloween special event "Hallowscream". Feel free to join us for the event, please see the recreation center from desk for more information. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Recreation CentersChelsea Recreation Center

Beginning on Monday, September 17, we will start to renovate and modernize the center’s pool and family locker rooms, as well as select restrooms, to enhance your overall facility and pool experience. Lower level bathrooms, family locker rooms and both men’s and women’s locker rooms will be closed beginning September 17, 2018 for approximately 18 months. The pool will be closed for maintenance and repairs beginning September 17, 2018 for a minimum of 12 weeks. While we will provide temporary lockers, locker space will be limited. It is important to note that programming schedules will be modified during this time. If you have additional questions, center management and facility staff can be reached at (212) 255-3705. We thank you in advance for your patience.

ParkCrack Is Wack Playground

Anticipated Completion: Winter 2020

Keith Haring's Crack is Wack mural will not be available for viewing during reconstruction of the Harlem River Drive, expected to be completed by the end of 2019. It is currently enclosed by a protective shelter.

ParkEast River Walk

Anticipated Completion: Fall 2017

The East River Walkway has been partially closed at 89th Street for safety precautions. We are working to reconstruct the site, and NYC Parks personnel will be posted at the site to ensure public safety.

ParkFort Washington Park

The Fort Washington Pedestrian Bridge, or "Amtrak Bridge," at West 180th Street is temporarily closed as we work with NYC DOT and Amtrak to repair the support structure and the surface decking. Repairs should be complete by mid-November depending upon weather and site conditions. Detour: If you are approaching the Amtrak bridge from the north, please use the 181st Street pedestrian bridge over the Henry Hudson Parkway at Riverside Drive to access local streets. You can re-enter the Greenway at either West 158th Street and the Henry Hudson Parkway or at West 153rd Street and Riverside Drive via the Herman “Denny” Farrell Pedestrian Bridge. If you are approaching the bridge from the south, please exit the Greenway at either West 158th Street and the Henry Hudson Parkway or at West 153rd Street and Riverside Drive via the Herman “Denny” Farrell Pedestrian Bridge. You can re-enter the Greenway via the 181st Street pedestrian bridge over the Henry Hudson Parkway at Riverside Drive. Please follow us @nycparks on Twitter or check this page again for updates as soon as we know when the bridge will re-open.

Nature CentersInwood Hill Nature Center

Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, this facility is closed until further notice. To reach our Urban Park Rangers at Inwood Hill Park Park, please call (212) 304-2277.

Recreation CentersPelham Fritz Recreation Center

We are experiencing a temporary disruption in our phone service. Please contact the center at (646) 477-2354. We apologize for the inconvenience.

ParkStuyvesant Square

Anticipated Completion: Spring 2016

Stuyvesant Square Park is under construction. This project will reconstruction the east section fence and perimeter sidewalk.

ParkTheodore Roosevelt Park

Anticipated Completion: Fall 2018

The north and southwest lawns at Theodore Roosevelt Park will be open through September 30 on a limited basis. Please check signage at the park for the latest schedule. No sports or barbecuing will be allowed at the site.

Outdoor PoolsTompkins Square

Tompkins Square Pool is closed for swimming for the season.

ParkTramway Plaza

Tramway Plaza is currently closed for major renovation project at the Manhattan Tramway Station. The tram will remain operational during this time. For details please visit the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation website at: https://rioc.ny.gov/302/Tram

Kayak/Canoe Launch SitesWest Harlem Piers

Anticipated Completion: Winter 2017

The kayak launch at West Harlem Piers is closed indefinitely for repairs.

Kayak/Canoe Launch SitesWest Harlem Piers

Anticipated Completion: Spring 2019

The kayak launch at West Harlem Piers is closed. Visit the New York City Water Trail page to find nearby launches.

PlaygroundsLawrence Playground

Anticipated Completion: Summer 2019

Lawrence Playground is temporarily closed due to construction. To follow this project as it progresses, visit our Capital Projects Tracker.

MarinasWorld's Fair Marina

Anticipated Completion: Spring 2021

Due to a major planned reconstruction project, Pier 1 at the World's Fair Marina is currently closed. Limited transient dockage is available for smaller recreational vessels - please contact the Dockmasters office at 718-478-0480 or VHF Ch71 for more information. There is no dockage available for larger vessels or commercial vessels, including passenger pick-up and drop-off. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please check back with the World's Fair Marina in the future for updates.

Recreation CentersRoy Wilkins Recreation Center

Anticipated Completion: Fall 2018

Roy Wilkins Recreation Center will be undergoing Capital improvements starting March 12. Upgrades include: a new roof over the gym, rebuilt activity rooms, and improved drainage and waterproofing in and around the building. Over the next 18 months, some programming spaces and some areas of the building will be closed to complete work. Please check this website regularly for closure details.

Recreation CentersSorrentino Recreation Center

Anticipated Completion: 12/02/2018

The gymnasium will be closed for renovation. The gymnasium is expected to reopen Monday, December 3rd. If you require additional assistance, please speak to a center manager. Thank you for your patience.

Recreation CentersSorrentino Recreation Center

Anticipated Completion: 12/31/2018

Sorrentino Recreation Center is currently undergoing facility improvements. Upgrades include: a new activity room, HVAC installation within the gymnasium, renovation of the gymnasium and fitness room. Over the next 4 months, some programming spaces and some areas of the building will be closed to complete work. Please check this website regularly for closure details.

Recreation CentersOcean Breeze Track & Field Athletic Complex

Please note that Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex will be closed for repair work from October 22 through October 31 and will reopen on November 1, 2018.

Tennis CourtsWillowbrook Park

The tennis courts at Willowbrook Park Tennis Courts have been closed indefinitely in order to repair the asphalt.

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