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Summary of Rules & Regulations

City of New York/Parks & Recreation

2000 Edition


Use of Parks:

  • Construction and Scope of Rules;Variances
  • Definitions

General Provisions:

  • Hours of Operation
  • Permits
  • Failure to Comply with Directions of Police Officers, Urban Park Rangers, Parks Enforcement Patrol Officers, or Other Department Employees, or Park Signs

Prohibited Uses:

  • Destruction or Abuse of Property and Equipment
  • Destruction or Abuse of Trees, Plants, Flowers, Shrubs and Grass
  • Littering, Polluting, Dumping, and Unattended Property
  • Restrictions on Glass
  • Aviation
  • Explosives, Firearms and Weapons
  • Abuse of Park Animals
  • Marijuana; Controlled Substances
  • Failure to Control Animals
  • Control and Removal of Animal Waste
  • Urination and Defecation in Parks
  • Disorderly Behavior
  • Loitering for Illegal Purposes
  • Unlawful Exposure
  • Obstruction of Sitting Areas
  • Unlawful Camping
  • Unlawful Spitting
  • Unhygienic Use of Fountains, Pools, and Water
  • Unlawful Solicitation

Regulated Uses:

  • Assemblies, Meetings, Exhibitions
  • Unlawful Vending
  • Unlawful Posting of Notices or Signs
  • Noise; Musical Instruments; Sound Reproduction Devices
  • Unauthorized Commercial Cinematic Productions
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Beaches, Boardwalks and Pools
  • Fishing
  • Bicycling
  • Boating
  • Unlawful Ice Activity
  • Planting
  • Unlawful Fires
  • Unlawful Operation and Parking of Motor Vehicles
  • Unauthorized Construction on Park Property
  • Unauthorized Excavations
  • Horse Riding
  • Failure to Comply with Area Use Restrictions
  • Exclusive Areas; Childrens Playgrounds, Senior Citizens Areas, Dog Runs
  • Unlawful distribution and demonstration of products and materials
  • Rollerblading and Roller Skating


  • Fees
  • Penalties
  • Severability

Permits and Fee Schedules:

  • Tennis
  • Croquet
  • Lawn Bowling
  • Recreational Lockers
  • Model Yacht Storage
  • Kayaks and Canoes
  • Golf
  • Special Events and Demonstrations
  • Use of Fields and Courts
  • Deleted Seizure of Vehicles Operated on Beaches
  • Pursuant to Administrative Code §18-108.1
  • Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Cricket, Roller Hockey and Volleyball
  • Football, Lacrosse, Rugby, Ultimate Frisbee and Soccer

Schedule of ECB Penalties for Violations of Parks Rules and Regulations

Phone Numbers


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