Baseball & Softball

Head to one of Central Park’s 26 ballfields for a great game of baseball or softball with your friends, family, or colleagues. The Great Lawn and Heckscher Ballfields are open for softball games, while the North Meadow is open for baseball.

Important Details

To reserve a specific field and game time for leagues, teams or other groups, you’ll need to request a field permit from NYC Parks.

If you’re planning a field day, game tournament, birthday party, or any other type of event that includes activities beyond the use of a field, you’ll need to request a special event permit from NYC Parks.

Otherwise, fields are available for pickup games without a permit, though a permit is the only way to ensure your game is not interrupted. For more information about ballfields and permits, visit the NYC Parks website.

In cases of inclement weather, please call our hotline to learn whether a ballfield is open:

  • Central Park Ballfield Hotline: 212-628-1036
  • Great Lawn – ext. 330
  • North Meadow – ext. 331
  • Heckscher – ext. 332

For information about scheduled ballfield maintenance throughout Central Park, see our alerts and closures page.


Landscapes & Points of Interest

Great Lawn

Mid-Park at 79th-85th Streets

Heckscher Ballfields

Recreation & Cultural Facilities

Heckscher Ballfields

Mid-Park at 63rd-65th Streets

North Meadow

Landscapes & Points of Interest

North Meadow

Mid-Park at 97th-102nd Streets

Baseball and Softball


Mid-April through Mid-September