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I want to hold an event in Central Park. How do I reserve space?

Any event that will include 20 or more attendees requires a permit from the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. For a picnic, wedding, field day, celebration, or other special event, apply for a Special Events Permit on the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation web site or by calling 212.408.0226. To reserve an athletic field, apply for an Athletic Field Permit on the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation web site or by calling 212.408.0209.

When is the Park open?
Central Park is open to visitors 365 days a year. The Park opens at 6:00 am and closes at 1:00 am.

When and where are vehicles allowed in Central Park?
Vehicles are only allowed on the Park’s designated drives at the following times:

  • West Drive (southbound traffic between 110th Street and Central Park South): Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Only HOV (high occupancy vehicles) are permitted.
  • East Drive (northbound traffic between 72nd Street and 110th Street): Monday through Friday, 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
  • Center Drive / East Drive (northbound traffic between the 6th Avenue and Central Park South entrance and  East 72nd Street and the 5th Avenue exit): Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
  • Terrace Drive (cross-Park at 72nd Street): Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 10:00 am.  

Are dogs allowed in Central Park? Where and when?
Dogs are allowed in most sections of Central Park whenever the Park is open to the public. They may be off-leash between the hours of 9:00 pm and 9:00 am, but must be under the control of their owner at all times. They must always be leashed in the Arthur Ross Pinetum, Bridle Path, Cedar Hill, Children's Glade (Great Hill area), Conservatory Garden, East Green, East Meadow Oval, Kerbs Boathouse Plaza, the North Woods and the Ravine, the Ramble, Shakespeare Garden, Strawberry Fields, Turtle Pond Lawn, and any other areas where signs requiring dogs to be leashed are posted. Dogs are prohibited in all ballfields and recreational courts, playgrounds, water bodies, streams, ornamental fountains, elm islands at the Mall and the Great Lawn Oval, Lilac Walk, and Reservoir running track.

Where can I find something I lost?
The Conservancy does not keep a Lost and Found; all items of value are turned into the Central Park Police Precinct, located mid-Park at the 86th Street Transverse Road. You can contact them at 212.570.4820.

Is alcohol allowed in the Park?
No. The New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, which establishes the rules and regulations for all City parks, prohibits alcohol in all parks including Central Park.

Is grilling or barbecuing allowed in the Park?
Grilling, barbecuing, other activities involving fire in the Park are not allowed. An exception is made on Memorial Day, Labor Day, and the Fourth of July, when visitors are welcome to barbecue using charcoal (never propane).

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