Heckscher Ballfields

Heckscher Ballfields

On a clear day, sports players fill the six state-of-the-art fields at Heckscher Ballfields. Each season, athletes of all ages and abilities play hundreds of softball games on these trim fields surrounded by the rustling of mature trees and views of the midtown skyline. Spectators and hungry players can eat at the nearby Ballfields Cafe.

When the Park was constructed in the 1850s, different types of ball games were flourishing across American cities. Park designers Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted believed ball playing was too niche an interest, and thought park visitors would be better served by expansive fields to gaze upon. However, for a few hours each week the fields were opened to boys playing ball, a privilege given as a reward for good grades and good attendance at school. Adults did not play at Heckscher Ballfields until the 1920s.


Issued to leagues, teams, and other groups from mid-April through mid-September by NYC Parks.

Complete and submit a permit application to:
Re: Ballfield Permits
Arsenal West – 5th Floor
24 West 61st Street
New York, NY 10023

Important Details

Central Park’s ballfields are open most days during spring, summer, and fall. To allow for scheduled maintenance and rest after inclement weather, the Conservancy uses a red flag system to alert the public of closures. If you see a red flag on a ballfield, that ballfield is closed.

Each winter, Central Park’s ballfields close for the season. This allows our turf crew to provide much-needed care for the landscape, ensuring that it will be ready for the influx of visitors come spring.

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, visit our Alerts.


Mid-Park at 63rd-65th Streets

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Heckscher Ballfields close during the winter season to allow the lawns to rest.






Ballfields Cafe

Mid-Park at 65th Street

Sheep Meadow

Mid-Park at 66th-69th Streets