Washington Market Park playground and courts are closed

Washington Market Park has closed its playground and courts, but the Parks Department said it will keep the lawn open — provided numbers stay small. If Parks staff discovers people are using the playground or there are too many people on the lawn, Parks will close the whole park. From the DPR press office: “Our observation from staff on-site is that most parkgoers are in compliance, but we will continue to monitor and expand our efforts as necessary. Parks are essential at this time, but visitors must use their common sense.”

Hudson River Park and Battery Park City Parks closed their playgrounds and any fenced in areas last week. The details (with photos provided by Ava Starker):


  • BPC’s park lawns will begin opening on a rolling basis. If you arrive at a park and crowds are forming, please return another time.
  • To reduce density, BPC’s athletic courts, sporting fields, playgrounds, dog runs, and public restrooms are closed until further notice.
  • BPCA Programs are canceled until further notice.
  • The Community Center at Stuyvesant High School remains closed until further notice.


  • All programming has been suspended through April 30, 2020 [for now].
  • All basketball courts, skate parks, tennis courts, Chelsea Waterside athletic field, all dog runs (Tribeca, Leroy Street, Chelsea Waterside and Pier 84), and playgrounds at Piers 25 & 51 and Chelsea Waterside are closed.
  • Recreational permits for sports field use at Pier 25, Pier 40 and Chelsea Waterside are suspended until further notice.
  • HRPK Community Compost food scrap drop-off sites are closed.
  • Pier 40 Courtyard Restrooms & Pier 51 North Comfort Station are closed.


  • All City playgrounds are closed until further notice.
  • All NYC Parks Recreation Centers are closed to the public until further notice.
  • All City nature centers are closed until further notice.
  • Basketball court rims have been removed at locations where repeated attempts at social distancing have not been successful.
  • NYC’s tennis season is delayed until further notice. Tennis courts are currently closed to tennis play, and tennis permit sales have been
  • suspended for the 2020 season. If you have already purchased a tennis permit, it will be valid through 2021.
  • The City’s historic houses are closed.
  • Roger Morris Park, Dyckman Farmhouse Park and Queens Farm Park are closed.
  • The Swedish Cottage is closed.
  • The City’s marinas are closed.
  • The City’s kayak launches are closed. Kayak, canoe and boat launch permits are not available at this time.
  • As a precaution, the High Line is closed.
  • The Arsenal Gallery is closed through April 12.
  • At this time, many concessions are closed, including ice skating rinks, amusement parks and carousels, golf courses, indoor tennis facilities, souvenir shops, and more.
  • Some concessions, such as gas stations, farmers markets, snack bars/restaurants that provide takeOut or delivery, and some food carts will remain open and practice social distancing.
  • For the health and safety of the horses, stables will remain operational, but closed to the general public.

The High Line is closed. Programming is suspended through April 30.



  1. I don’t understand how they are able to close the playground at WMP without closing the grass/dirt area. I would think that would be hard to monitor. All the grass at BPC is mostly open. These areas are mostly pet free, just reminding people.

  2. Has anyone else noticed that there is a dramatic increase in rats at night all over Tribeca? It’s out of control.

    • I haven’t noticed. Too busy watching the death toll rise. It’s at 7,400 (US). What’s the rat increase? Covidiot.

  3. I think the rats have always been here, been seeing them at night forever.

  4. I read a report on how runners spread coronavirus at an alarming rate.
    The parks are closed for families to walk or sit.

    Yet up and down the esplanade into BPC south sweaty runners without shirt and bicyclists none wearing Masks are sweating and excelling deep breaths.

    They do not socially distance. They have kept seniors from esplanade.

    There is running and bike path but these arrogant mostly 16-25 yrs olds choose to run and bike fast in one spot where apartment dwellers especially the elderly can escape cooped up apartments

    There is no police presence in BPC.
    Brookfield and BPCA are flouting the law.