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Alerts & Closures


Check this page for updates on major disruptions and scheduled closures in Central Park. Please note that some areas of the Park close due to weather conditions. You can also follow us on Twitter for updates.


Summer 2018

NYC Parks and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene have recently discovered raccoons infected with distemper in Central Park.

Test results have not discovered any health risk to humans.

Distemper is a viral illness that affects dogs and certain species of wildlife including raccoons and skunks. Raccoons with distemper act disoriented and lethargic, and they can become aggressive. Please avoid wildlife and check to see if your pet's vaccines are up to date.

Please call 311 if you see a sick or injured raccoon.

The Health Department will continue to monitor this condition.

Posted by NYC Parks: https://www.nycgovparks.org/news/notices


Monday, December 4, 2017  to  Friday, August 31, 2018

Billy Johnson Playground is closed for reconstruction until Summer 2018

Monday, February 26, 2018  to  Friday, March 1, 2019

Belvedere Castle is closed for restoration

Monday, August 13, 2018  to  Monday, December 31, 2018

Safari Playground Closed for Reconstruction

Sunday, August 19, 2018

6:00 am - 12:00 pm

Race: France Run (8K)

Monday, August 20, 2018

all day

North Meadow Closed
  • Closures and Affected Areas: The North Meadow is closed for turf care maintenance.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

all day

East Meadow Closed
  • Closures and Affected Areas: The East Meadow is closed for turf care maintenance.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

all day

Heckscher Ballfields Closed
  • Closures and Affected Areas: Heckscher Ballfields are closed for turf care maintenance.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

all day

Great Lawn Closed
  • Closures and Affected Areas: The Great Lawn is closed for turf care maintenance.

Monday, August 27, 2018

all day

Sheep Meadow Closed
  • Closures and Affected Areas: Sheep Meadow is closed for turf care maintenance.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

all day

Bowling Greens Closed
  • Closures and Affected Areas: The Bowling Greens are closed for turf care maintenance.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018  to  Monday, September 10, 2018

all day

Heckscher Ballfields Closed
  • Closures and Affected Areas: Heckscher Ballfields are closed for turf care maintenance.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018  to  Friday, September 14, 2018

all day

North Meadow Closed
  • Closures and Affected Areas: The North Meadow is closed for turf care maintenance.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

6:00 am - 12:00 pm

Race: TCS New York City Marathon Training Series (18M)

Monday, September 17, 2018  to  Friday, September 21, 2018

all day

East Meadow Closed
  • Closures and Affected Areas: The East Meadow is closed for turf care maintenance.

Monday, October 1, 2018  to  Friday, October 5, 2018

all day

Great Lawn Closed
  • Closures and Affected Areas: The Great Lawn is closed for turf care maintenance.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

6:00 am - 12:00 pm

Race: NYRR Grete's Gallop (10K)

Tuesday, October 9, 2018  to  Friday, October 12, 2018

all day

Sheep Meadow Closed
  • Closures and Affected Areas: Sheep Meadow is closed for turf care maintenance.

Monday, October 15, 2018

all day

Sheep Meadow Closed
  • Closures and Affected Areas: Sheep Meadow is closed for turf care maintenance.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

6:00 am - 12:00 pm

Race: Poland Spring Marathon Kickoff (5M)

Saturday, November 17, 2018

6:00 am - 12:00 pm

Race: NYRR NYC 60K