NYC Department of Parks & Recreation

Adrian Benepe, Commissioner

The NYC Department of Parks & Recreation is the steward of about 29,000 acres of land — 14 percent of New York City — including more than 5,000 individual properties ranging from Coney Island Beach and Central Park to community gardens and greenstreets. The Department operates more than 800 athletic fields and nearly 1,000 playgrounds, 550 tennis courts, 66 public pools, 48 recreational facilities, 17 nature centers, 13 golf courses, and 14 miles of beaches. The Department cares for 1,200 monuments and 23 historic house museums. The Department looks after 600,000 street trees, and two million more in parks. The Department is New York City’s principal provider of recreational and athletic facilities and programs and is also home to free concerts, world-class sports events, and cultural festivals.