About the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation

NYC Parks is the steward of more than 30,000 acres of land — 14 percent of New York City — including more than 5,000 individual properties ranging from Coney Island Beach and Central Park to community gardens and Greenstreets. We operate more than 800 athletic fields and nearly 1,000 playgrounds, 1,800 basketball courts, 550 tennis courts, 65 public pools, 51 recreational facilities, 15 nature centers, 14 golf courses, and 14 miles of beaches. We care for 1,200 monuments and 23 historic house museums. We look after 600,000 street trees, and two million more in parks. We are New York City's principal providers of recreational and athletic facilities and programs. We are home to free concerts, world-class sports events, and cultural festivals.

Know before you go: NYC Parks Rules & Regulations, Park Notices, Health & Safety Guide

General Park Hours

Park hours may vary. Check signs at entrances for posted hours.

Parks: 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. or 6:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
Playgrounds: 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.


Need to get in contact with a specific person or division within Parks? Check out our people page! If you can’t find the person you are looking for, try calling us at 888-NYPARKS.

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Vision and Mission

Our vision is to create and sustain thriving parks and public spaces for New Yorkers.

Our mission is to plan resilient and sustainable parks, public spaces, and recreational amenities, build a park system for present and future generations, and care for parks and public spaces.

Learn more about NYC Parks' Vision and Mission

Find More Information

Through NYC Open Data, we share information that we collect publicly, so that you can better understand the data that we use to help run our agency. Browse some of our most popular data sets.

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Connect with Parks

Connect with the Parks Department on your favorite social networking sites! Receive notices of exciting events and news alerts alongside updates from friends and family, and enjoy our multimedia coverage of New York City parks as soon as it’s released.

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Email Newsletters

Who’s playing Summer on the Hudson this year? What’s going on this weekend? Where can I volunteer? When can I tour Fresh Kills? How can I get more fit? Questions like these are answered each day in one of Parks’ educational and entertaining email newsletters. Subscribe today!

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