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No matter the season or weather, Parks has something fun to keep you active and amused. Through countless programs, events, and exhibits, we transform neighborhood parks and playgrounds into classrooms, theaters, gyms, planetariums, museums, and more. You can find fitness opportunities tailored to your age, location, and interests through BeFitNYC, or discover local events that match your availability and recreational desires in our Upcoming Events calendar. Add to that all of the Parks Department’s programs for the picking and first-class art for the finding, and you’ll learn that a visit to the park is the perfect antidote to a humdrum day.

Fitness Search: BeFitNYC

One benefit of living in the greatest city in the world is the amazing variety of recreational, athletic, and fitness opportunities available for people of all ages, interests and abilities. Parks offers many free or low-cost activities that can help New Yorkers get fit and stay fit. We’ve put information about our programs and others offered by local fitness organizations at your fingertips with our online guide and search engine, BeFitNYC.

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Activities & Facilities

From swimming pools to wetlands and everything in between, Parks very own television show, It's My Park!, showcases the treasure trove of experiences waiting for you in NYC’s parks and recreational facilities.

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Citywide Festivals

Parks produces a variety of large festivals and special events that provide unique experiences for thousands of New Yorkers year-round. Learn more about some of our biggest events by visiting the pages below.

Programs

Don’t get left out of the fun! Last year over four million people participated in our programs and special events.

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Upcoming Events

Central Park in the Movies

Saturday, December 14, 2019
Grand Army Plaza Entrance (in Central Park), Manhattan

Historic New York: Mount Morris Fire Watchtower

Saturday, December 14, 2019
Mount Morris Fire Watchtower (in Marcus Garvey Park), Manhattan

A Victorian Holiday Party

Saturday, December 14, 2019
Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park), Manhattan

Gracie Mansion Holiday Open House 2019

Saturday, December 14, 2019
Gracie Mansion (in Carl Schurz Park), Manhattan

Park of the Month: Udall's Park Preserve

Sunday, December 15, 2019
Sandhill Road between Douglas Road and Aurora Pond (in Udall's Park Preserve), Queens

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Forever Wild

Parks’ 51 Forever Wild Nature Preserves include over 8,700 acres of towering forests, vibrant wetlands, and expansive meadows. These vital open spaces offer the chance to walk in the woods, paddle a stream, or observe wildlife.

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