Guidelines: NYC Parks Department Requirements on Gatherings

These guidelines provide information on special events and gatherings regulations in New York City parks due to COVID-19. There are also regulations for using Community Gardens for events and for outdoor art installations and educational art programming. 


  • Any community member can plan events in NYC parks for non-revenue generating activities, including but not limited to meetings, assemblies, or picnics.
  • No permit is required for events under 25 people. To hold a gathering of more than 25 people or reserve park space, community members will need to obtain a Special Event Permit and submit a Safety Plan Affirmation. Additional permits are required to have amplified sound or to sell food, beverages, or merchandise at the event.
  • The Regional Manager and Special Events Coordinator for each borough can assist with permits for event planning.
  • Adding publicly available street furnishings to parks requires individual discussion with the Parks Department.
  • Applicants may also consider holding events in Community Gardens, found here, with permission of the individual Community Garden.


Community partner: Community League of the Heights (CLOTH)

Neighborhood: Washington Heights, Manhattan

Coordinating firm: Arup

Supporting firms: Design Advocates (Barker Associates Architecture Office, Abruzzo Bodziak Architects, Office of Architecture, Overlay Office, Parc Office, Smith & Sauer); GenslerSchool of JellyfishStantecWoods Bagot