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Playing Baseball in Central Park


Central Park offers a total of 26 baseball and softball fields located in three specific areas:

  • Great Lawn: Eight ballfields, restored in 1997.
  • North Meadow: Seven baseball and five softball fields, restored in 2000.
  • Heckscher Ballfields: Located at 63rd Street between the west and center drives. There are six ballfields, restored in 2006.

Permits for baseball and softball are issued from mid-April through mid-September. Opening and closing days will be posted. The ballfields may be closed for maintenance or when wet.

NYC Department of Parks & Recreation issues permits to leagues, teams, and other groups to reserve specific athletic fields at specific times. The public can obtain athletic field permits for a session on one of the fields by completing and submitting a permit application to the permit office at the Borough Office (24 West 61st Street). A permit application also can be requested by phone by calling the Permit Office. Members of the public who wish to join or set up a league should call or stop by the permit office as well. For additional information, call the Permit Office at 212.408.0226.

For a list of all ballfields in New York City and permit information, visit the New York City Parks Department website.

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Central Park South between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

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