Mobile Recreation Van Application

Mobile Recreation Vans only visit events that are free and open to the public from May through October. These include community festivals, fairs, free programs, and other related events. Vans must be requested at least 21 days in advance of the event to allow for 3 week processing time.

Our Mobile Recreation Vans will not visit events that are exclusive to specific groups including but not limited to: ticketed events, programs associated with a fee, or block association parties. Please visit our Mobile Recreation Vans page for more information.

Event Information

What time window are you requesting the van?  Units are available from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Units are available from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Contact Information

This person will be the main point of contact for planning up to the date of the event.

Mobile Van Site Requirements

Selecting Your Event

Demand for the Mobile Recreation Vans is high, and not all requests can be granted. The Mobile Vans will only go to events that are free and open to the public with over 50 people in attendance.

Please contact your Borough Coordinator at least 24 hours in advance if your event is cancelled. Failure to do so may result in future requests being denied.

Setting Up for Your Event

Rain dates will not be granted. In the case of rain, the Mobile Units will arrive at the event and staff will assess the situation. They will make every effort to accommodate the event but will not set up if the weather conditions make the area unsafe.

Mobile Recreation Vans are the size of extended cargo vans or 15-passenger vans. The van must have unobstructed driving access (cannot be blocked by stairs, fences, trees, buildings, etc.) to the actual set up site. The vans will not drive on grass.

The Mobile Unit vans must be able to park directly next to the set-up area. Sites should be sizable, preferably with grassy areas. They must be clear of trash, glass, garbage cans, shrubs, steps, and other potentially dangerous obstructions.

During Your Event

The Mobile Recreation Vans provide structured activities for New Yorkers of all ages, including children. Please note that staff cannot be responsible for supervising children at any time. Parents, community organizers, camp counselors, and event organizers are responsible for the safety and behavior of the children. If safety or quality of recreation is sacrificed due to lack of supervision, Mobile Unit Staff may request assistance or relocate to another location.

Mobile Unit Staff are entitled to a one-hour lunch break (lunch breaks will be taken on rotation).

The event organizer is required to sign out Mobile Unit staff  at the end of the event.

Mobile Van Contact Information

Permits (if necessary) must be mailed to the Coordinator of the borough that will host your event. Contact information is listed below:

Play Mobiles

Bronx: Ranaqua, 1 Bronx River Parkway, Bronx, NY 10462
Mobile Van Coordinator:  Noelba Pesante (718) 430-1825

Brooklyn: Litchfield Villa, 95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Mobile Van Coordinator:  Alyson Chiaramonte (718) 965-8928

Manhattan: Arsenal West, 24 West 61st Street, New York, NY 10023
Mobile Van Coordinator: Carmen Flores (212) 408-0243

Queens: The Overlook, 80-30 Park Lane, Kew Gardens, NY 11415
Mobile Van Coordinator:  Shawn James (718) 393-7366

Staten Island: Greenbelt Recreation Center, 501 Brielle Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10314
Mobile Van Coordinator: Evan McSwegan (718) 667-3545

Please be mindful that your request may take 3 weeks to process. You will receive a confirmation from your coordinator when your request is granted or denied. Questions can be directed by email or to the above phone numbers Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. only.


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