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Requesting a Field and Court Permit

Have a question about our athletic fields and courts? Find out more before you apply.

When to Apply

If you are a member of an organized league, you must request a field or court for any formal use. Otherwise, our fields and courts are available to the public for informal use (pickup games). If you would like to reserve a field or court in advance at a specific time, you should make a request to ensure your uninterrupted use of the field.

All athletic field and court users must adhere to the Guidelines for Use of Field and Court Space.

Athletic Field Permits, Tennis Permits, and Special Event Permits

You should make an athletic field or court request if you are only looking to use the field or court for athletic activity. If you are planning a field day, game tournament, birthday party or any other type of event that includes activities beyond the use of a field or court, please apply for a special event permit instead.

Tennis permits and skate parks have additional requirements. Tennis permits and renewals require a separate application. Visit our Tennis Permits and Renewals page to view and print tennis permit applications. Although permits are not necessary for use, most skate parks do require a signed liability waiver. Please check our Skate Parks page for details.

Choosing a Season

We have established seasonal request periods to ensure that we process applications in advance of the start date for each season. Please review the chart below to find out the best time to request a field or court. Requests (for each of the respective periods) will not be accepted prior to the start date for a given request period. You may request a field or court anytime after the start date, but requests made within the optimal period for the season are given priority.

When You Want to Play When to Apply
Spring and Summer: March 17 through August 31 November 15 through January 15
Fall: September 1 through November 30 April 15 through June 15
Winter: December 1 through March 16 September 15 through November 1

Accommodating Your Request

NYC Parks makes every effort to fairly accommodate as many requests for fields and courts as possible for each season. Because we receive thousands of requests, many for the same fields and times, we make every attempt to distribute permits equitably. The order of distribution of field permits, from highest to lowest priority, is as follows:

  1. Field and court requests made by applicants who are part of a youth league
  2. Field and court requests made by applicants who are part of an official school league
  3. Field and court requests made by applicants who are returning customers.
  4. Field and court requests made by applicants who are applying within the optimal season request period.
  5. All other field and court requests.

Youth Leagues and Adult Leagues

Youth Leagues are sports leagues, including, but not limited to high school leagues, little leagues, community based organization leagues, and unaffiliated leagues. A Youth permit refers to a category of applicants for and holders of permits for athletic activity with participants who are all 17 years old or younger. Youth permits also include school recreation programs (grade school through high school athletic programs) regardless of the age of the participants.

Adult Leagues are sports leagues, including, but not limited to community based organization leagues, corporate leagues, independent leagues, and unaffiliated leagues. An adult permit refers to a category of applicants for and holders of permits for athletic activity with participants who are over the age of 18 and are not affiliated with a school program.

In an effort to promote and accommodate youth athletic opportunities, we do not charge a fee for youth athletic permits. The use of a youth athletic field permit for adult recreation is a serious violation of permit terms and will result in the revocation of your permit.

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