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Gantry Plaza State Park

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Attention Patrons: This dog run will be temporarily closed as of November 12, 2018 due to construction next door at 46-15 Center Blvd. You are welcome to use Gantry Plaza State Park's dog run at the corner of 48th Avenue and Vernon Blvd, or to walk your dog, on leash, on the pathways throughout Gantry Plaza State Park as per the revised dog walking regulations implemented on October 4. 2018. For the safety of patrons during construction, we anticipate this dog run remaining closed through the Winter and reopening in the Spring of 2019. Thank You!

4-09 47th Road
Long Island City, NY 11101
Latitude 40.743858
Longitude -73.959335

Gantry Plaza State Park is a 12-acre riverside oasis that boasts spectacular views of the midtown Manhattan skyline, including the Empire State Building and the United Nations. Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the park's four piers or through the park's manicured gardens and unique mist fountain. Along the way take a moment to admire the rugged beauty of the park's centerpieces - restored gantries. These industrial monuments were once used to load and unload rail car floats and barges; today they are striking reminders of our waterfront's past. With the city skyline as a backdrop and the gantries as a stage, the park's plaza is a wonderful place to enjoy a spring or summer concert.  Recreational facilities include basketball courts, playgrounds, handball courts, and a fishing pier with its own cleaning table.

Cooking grills of any kind and cooking are prohibited in the Park at all times.

Effective October 4, 2018: Leashed dogs will be permitted on paved pathways and plazas throughout the park during regular park hours --- 8 AM to 10 PM daily.  
  • Dogs are also welcome, on leash and off, in the park's two dog runs: On the corner of 48th Ave. and Vernon Blvd; and on Center Blvd. between 46th  and 47th Avenues.

  • Dogs are prohibited on all grass, garden and landscaped areas, and piers throughout the park.

  • Dogs are prohibited on the sports field, basketball and handball courts, piers and playgrounds. 
Please note that patrons remain responsible for cleaning up after their pet(s) and we truly appreciate your cooperation. To aid in this endeavor we are adding additional dog waste bag dispensers (filled with bags) to the park pathway areas.  

Hours of Operation

  • Open daily, 8:00am to 10:00pm.
  • Spray Pad Hours:

    Memorial Day Weekend (Spray Pad closes at 5:00pm)
    Friday – 9:30am – 5:00pm
    Saturday - 9:30am – 5:00pm
    Sunday - 9:30am – 5:00pm
    Monday - 9:30am – 5:00pm

    June 2018 - (Spray Pad closes at 5:00pm)
    Saturdays – 9:30am – 5:00pm
    Sundays - 9:30am – 5:00pm

    July 4th (Wednesday) through September - Labor Day
    Monday through Friday – 9:30am – 5:00pm
    Saturdays & Sundays – 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Activities/Features:
    Fishing, Piers on the East River, playgrounds, basketball courts, handball courts, picnicking, outdoor game tables, views of Midtown Manhattan, permits available for private events.

Fees & Rates

Most New York State Parks charge a vehicle use fee to enter the facility. Fees vary by location and season. A list of entry fees and other park use fees is available below. For fees not listed or to verify information, please contact the park directly.

The easy-to-use Empire Pass card is $80- and your key to all-season enjoyment with unlimited day-use entry at most facilities operated by State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Purchase online or contact your favorite park for more information. Learn more about our Admission Programs including the Empire Pass.

  • Athletic Field Permits
  • Please contact Lillian Lee,, for a permit application.
  • Picnic Permit
  • $30 picnic permit prosessing fee plus:
    $0 up to 25 persons
    $65 26-50 persons
    $115 51-100 persons
    $550 Commercial, up to 100 persons, 3 hours
  • Wedding Photo Permits
  • Please send your request to
Sat 04 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 4, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Gantry Plaza State Park
(718) 786-6385

Start time for all projects: 10am
End time for all projects: 12pm

Parking Instructions: All Volunteers please meet on the Main Plaza at 9:00am - 9:30am. There is Street Parking and Paid Parking Lots. Please arrive early if you are driving so you may park. The Plaza is located on Center Blvd. Between 48th Ave and 49th Ave. All ages welcome

 Project #1: clean, remove trash and weeds from around the Parks Community Garden then the Schools Community Garden.

Project #2: Red Adirondack Chairs Area. remove trash and weeds from the surrounding area then Mulch.

Project #3: Athletic Field – remove trash and weeds from the surrounding area and within the field then Mulch around the field.

Project #4: Plaza Garden- Mulch the area, trash removal, clean and cut overgrown branches. Trash bags, picks, work gloves, shovels, clippers.

Project #5: Peninsula Park – Clean and remove trash from the shore line and planters. Please bring: Trash bags, rakes, work gloves, goggles, picks.

Project #6: Vernon Ave Dog Run. trash removal, leaf removal, clean and re-spread stones. Please bring: Trash bags, rakes, work gloves, picks

Project #7: Basketball Courts- clean and trash pickup.

Questions? Call: 646-951-0858 Email:

Registration: Required

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playgrounds
  • Playing Fields
  • Scenic Views
  • Activities
  • Fishing