List of New York City parks

This is a list of New York City parks. Three entities manage parks within New York City, each with its own responsibilities:

The city has 28,000 acres (113 km²) of municipal parkland and 14 miles (22 km) of public municipal beaches. Major municipal parks include Central Park, Prospect Park, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, and Forest Park. The largest is Pelham Bay Park, followed by the Staten Island Greenbelt and Van Cortlandt Park. There are also many smaller but historically significant parks in New York City, such as Battery Park, Bryant Park, Madison Square Park, Union Square Park, and Washington Square Park.

Additionally, some parks, most notably Gramercy Park, are privately owned and managed. Access to these private parks may be restricted.

The City Parks Foundation offers more than 1200 free performing arts events in parks across the city each year, including Central Park Summerstage, the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival and dance, theater, and children's arts festivals.

Top ten parks by area

  1. Pelham Bay Park, Bronx - 2,765 acres (11.19 km2)[1][2]
  2. Greenbelt, Staten Island - 1,778 acres (7.20 km2)[1][2]
  3. Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx - 1,146 acres (4.64 km2)[1][2]
  4. Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens - 897 acres (3.63 km2)[1][2]
  5. Central Park, Manhattan - 843 acres (3.41 km2)[1][2]
  6. Freshkills Park, Staten Island - 813 acres (3.29 km2)[2]
  7. Marine Park, Brooklyn - 798 acres (3.23 km2)[2]
  8. Bronx Park, Bronx - 718 acres (2.91 km2)[2]
  9. Alley Pond Park, Queens - 655 acres (2.65 km2)[2]
  10. Forest Park, Queens - 544 acres (2.20 km2)[2]

While Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is larger than any of the parks listed above, at 9,155 acres (37.05 km2),[3] it is not listed in the above rankings since it is a wildlife refuge and not an active-use park.

List of parks by borough

The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation maintains a complete list of all parks. Public parks listed below are managed by NYC Parks unless otherwise noted.

The Bronx




Staten Island

List of former parks by borough


See also


  1. Foderaro, Lisa W. (2013-05-31). "Surveying Effort Alters Sizes of Some New York Parks". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-06-07.
  2. "Frequently Asked Questions : NYC Parks". New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. June 26, 1939. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  3. "Fact Sheet: Gateway NRA - Jamaica Bay Unit". National Parks of New York Harbor (U.S. National Park Service). October 27, 1972. Retrieved June 2, 2019.
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