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Here are answers to frequently asked questions about Central Park. If the information you need isn’t listed here, please search our website using the search bar above. If you can't find what you need, please contact Central Park Conservancy.

Alcohol is prohibited in Central Park, and in all New York City parks, according to the rules and regulations of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

Bicycle Rental
Bicycles for riding in Central Park are available for rent at three locations on a seasonal basis. Rentals are on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please call the numbers below.

  • Tavern on the Green (West Side between 66th and 67th Streets): 212.260.0400
  • Merchants' Gate Plaza (next to Columbus Circle at Central Park South and Central Park West): 212.260.0400 
  • Loeb Boathouse (East Side between 74th and 75th Streets): 212.517.2233

Learn more about bicycling in Central Park.

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 certain areas of the Park, and are prohibited in other areas. For a list of these areas, and for more information about dogs in Central Park, please read the rules for dogs. Learn more about Central Park's vibrant dog community and Central Park Paws

You can help us keep Central Park green and beautiful! Make a one-time donation, arrange a monthly donation, join the Conservancy, or renew your membership. Or, choose to honor someone special with flowers, a tree, a bench, or a paving stone. View these and more options to support Central Park Conservancy’s work.  We rely on private donations to restore, maintain, and enhance the Park; in fact, 75% of the budget needed to keep the Park beautiful and vibrant comes from individual donors.

Vehicles are allowed only on the Park’s designated drives at the following times listed below. As of June 29, 2015, Central Park Drives north of 72nd Street will be permanently car-free. The four Central Park transverse roads will remain open to motor vehicles. Learn more at nyc.gov.

West Drive

(southbound traffic between 72nd Street and Central Park South)

Monday – Friday

8:00 am – 10:00 am

HOV only (high occupancy vehicles) 

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 – Friday

7:00 am – 7:00 pm

Terrace Drive

(cross-Park at 72nd Street)

Monday – Friday

8:00 am – 10:00 am

If you want to have any activity in Central Park with more than 20 people, OR if you would like to reserve a specific area in the Park, you must apply for a special event permit with the City of New York Parks & Recreation Department. You can learn more at the Parks & Recreation Department website. For restaurant venues in Central Park, please contact Tavern on the Green, 212.877.8684, or the Loeb Boathouse, 212.517.2233.

Grilling or Barbecuing
Barbecuing is allowed only on the following three days:

  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Labor Day (first Monday in September)
  • 4th of July (whatever day of the week it falls on)

On those three days, we encourage you to select a location above 96th Street, such as the lawn at the Harlem Meer or the Great Hill, because they’re less crowded than the southern part of the Park. 

Please note the following rules:

  • Barbecuing is allowed only on the three days specified above, not the entire holiday weekend.
  • Barbecuing is prohibited in the following areas: athletic fields, playgrounds, woodlands (North Woods, Ramble), landscapes that are fenced off, and Conservatory Garden.
  • Use of propane is not allowed.

Groups, Activities, and Performances
If you want to have any activity or performance in Central Park with more than 20 people, OR if you would like to reserve a specific area in the Park, you must apply for a special event permit with the City of New York Department of Parks & Recreation. For more information, please visit their website. Also, please be aware that the following locations are designated quiet zones and should be avoided if you are doing a performance.

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

Ice Skating
For information about ice skating in Central Park, please contact Wollman Rink, 212.439.6900, or Lasker Rink, 212.534.7639. The Conservancy does not manage the ice rinks. Skating usually starts in mid-November, and we will provide more specific information on our website when we have it. 

In addition, when conditions allow, Conservatory Water (also known as the model boat pond) is open for free skating from dawn till dusk. Signs are posted. You must bring your own skates. Skating is not permitted on any other water bodies in the Park.

For information about employment with Central Park Conservancy, please see our current job opportunities on our website.

Law Enforcement
Central Park Conservancy restores and cares for Central Park; we are not a government or enforcement agency.

Rules and regulations for the Park are on the website of the Department of Parks and Recreation: http://www.nycgovparks.org/. To report an infraction, please contact the Parks Enforcement Patrol at 212.427.8700 or the Central Park Police Precinct.

Need a map of Central Park? View our maps and download a printable version, or download our mobile Central Park App. You can also get a free Central Park map at any of our Visitor Centers:

To purchase a copy of the Official Map and Guide to Central Park, please visit our Online Shop.

Lost and Found
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.

Member Discounts
Your member discount code is on your Central Park Conservancy membership card (a word and a number). If you don't have your membership card, please contact our membership department at 212.310.6672 or 212.446.2249, or email membership@centralparknyc.org.

To receive your member discount when registering online for a tour or event: During checkout, enter your member discount code in the Coupons box.

Model Boats
For information about model boats and Conservatory Water, please contact the Kerbs Boathouse at 917.522.0054.

Parks and Nonprofits
If you represent a park maintenance group or other nonprofit and are looking for information about Central Park Conservancy’s practices, please email our Institute for Urban Parks at institute@centralparknyc.org.

Photography and Filming

  • Event photography: For photography for weddings, student projects, etc., please contact our Film and Special Events staff at film@centralparknyc.org. Read more about Film and Photo Shoots in Central Park.
  • Personal photography: You don’t need a permit to photograph in Central Park if you are using handheld equipment or a tripod. If you are bringing other equipment, please email film@centralparknyc.org to find out if you need a permit.

Researching Central Park
Many of the materials pertinent to researching Central Park are readily available in municipal institutions like The New York Public Library. The resources noted on our Research Policies page provide visitors, students, teachers, scholars, and professionals guidance on researching Central Park and Central Park Conservancy.

Row Boats
Row boating is available April through October, weather permitting. Row boats can be rented from the Loeb Boathouse, located on the East Side between 74th and 75th Streets, daily, 10:00 am to 5:30 pm (last rental). The boats must be returned by 6:30 pm. Rentals cost $12 for the first hour and $3 each additional 15 minutes. A $30 cash deposit is required. Up to four people are permitted per boat. No reservations required. For more information, please visit our website row boating page.  Note: In spring 2015, rowboats won't be available until May because of construction at the boat ramp. For more information, please contact the Loeb Boathouse at 212.517.2233.

Rules and Regulations
General rules and regulations for Central Park, and all New York City parks, are available on the Department of Parks and Recreation website.

Smoking is prohibited in Central Park, and in all New York City parks, according to the rules and regulations of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

Central Park Conservancy offers a wide variety of guided tours to suit different interests. You can find information for all of our tours at our Guided Tours page on our website. You can also take a look at our Calendar.

Visitor Centers
Start your visit to Central Park at one of our Visitor Centers:

Volunteering is a great way to support Central Park Conservancy! For information on volunteering, please visit our Volunteer page.

If you want to conduct a wedding in Central Park's Conservatory Garden, please visit our Weddings page. For a wedding at any location in Central Park other than Conservatory Garden, please check with the New York Department of Parks and Recreation. To reserve a specific location in the Park, or for an event including more than 20 people, a permit is required. For more information, please visit the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation's website, or call 212.360.2766, Monday through Friday.

For information about wedding photography, please email film@centralparknyc.org.

Respect the wildlife in Central Park. Never feed or approach a wild, stray, or injured animal. For matters relating to wildlife in the Park, please contact the Urban Park Rangers, 212.360.2774. In an urgent situation, you may also contact the Park Enforcement Patrol (PEP), 212.427.8700, call the City of New York (dial 311), or notify a Central Park Conservancy staff member.

Central Park Conservancy is not affiliated with the Central Park Zoo. For information about the Zoo, please visit their website.