Shoot some hoops, practice your jump shot, or play a full game at one of Central Park’s basketball courts. Basketball courts with nets are available to use for free northeast of the Great Lawn, and at the North Meadow Recreation Center. You can borrow basketballs from the Recreation Center with a photo I.D.

Important Details

You can reserve a court for a specific time by obtaining a court permit from NYC Parks, otherwise, courts are available first come, first served.


Landscapes & Points of Interest

Great Lawn

Mid-Park at 79th-85th Streets

North Meadow Recreation Center

Recreation & Cultural Facilities

North Meadow Recreation Center

Mid-Park at 97th Street



North Meadow Recreation Center:
Daily, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm; Basketball rentals available until 5:00 pm
Great Lawn:
Daily, 9:00 am – 8:00 pm


Mid-April through Mid-September