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Pitch In, Pick Up


Volunteering to Pitch In, Pick Up is a great way to help keep Central Park clean and beautiful.

After a brief orientation at a visitor center, you will be given a trash grabber, gloves, and garbage bag for litter.

Individuals and families of five or fewer* may participate in this program on a drop-in basis at the following locations:

Belvedere Castle
Mid-Park at 79th Street.
10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily
212.772.0288

Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
Inside Central Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues.
10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily
212.860.1374

Chess & Checkers House
Mid-Park at 64th Street.
November to March: Wednesday – Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
April to October: Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
212.794.4064

North Meadow Recreation Center
Mid-Park at 97th Street
April to June and September to October: Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Weekends, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
July to August: Monday – Thursday, 10:00 am – 5:00pm; Friday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Weekends, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
November to March: Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
212.348.4867

Please note: Visitor Centers are closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

*Minors may participate only if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. You must show a valid form of ID when you arrive and fill out a waiver form.

School groups (kindergarten through 12th grade only) of thirty or fewer may participate in this program at the Chess & Checkers House or at the North Meadow Recreation Center. Advance registration for school groups is required. Please use our online Group Reservation Request Forms:

Chess & Checkers House Group Reservation Request Form
North Meadow Recreation Center Group Reservation Request Form

If you have a question about this or any other Central Park Conservancy Volunteer Program, please write us at volunteer@centralparknyc.org, or call the Volunteer Hotline at 212.360.2751.