Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Gantry Plaza State Park

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Address
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.  

Pet Policy: A maximum of two pets are allowed in day use areas unless prohibited by sign or directive. Pets are to be supervised at all times and either be crated or on a leash not more than 6-feet in length. Proof of rabies inoculation shall be produced if requested by staff. Pets are not permitted in playgrounds, buildings, golf courses, boardwalks, pools and spray-grounds or guarded beaches (this does not apply to service animals).

Hours of Operation

  • Open daily, dawn to dusk.
  • Spray Pad Hours:

    UPDATED Spray Pad Rules

    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 - (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

    After Labor Day:
    Weekends from 9:30am to 5pm
    September 7th, 8th, 14th, and 15th.

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 Kevin Selig, kevin.selig@parks.ny.gov 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
    Please contact Lillian.Lee@parks.ny.gov.
  • Wedding Photo Permits
  • Please send your request to Lillian.Lee@parks.ny.gov.
Thu 29 Jul
Tot Time!
Thursday, July 29, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Gantry Plaza State Park
(718) 786-6385

Ages 5 and younger. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Location: Meet at the picnic area by Rainbow Playground. In order to ensure the health and safety of our staff and participants, please follow the guidelines below regarding COVID-19:

  • Social distancing and mask wearing will be encouraged.
  • Participants must pre-register through Eventbrite.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are required for ALL people attending the event (INCLUDING adults and babies). Please reserve one ticket per individual. To allow space for as many people as possible, we ask that you please only register for one session per program.

Registration: Required
Sat 31 Jul
Fishing at the Gantries!
Saturday, July 31, 2021 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Gantry Plaza State Park
(718) 786-6385

Whether you're an experienced angler or a first time fisher, come discover the East River's catch of the day!

Who: All Ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

What: Learn the basics of catch-and-release rod and reel fishing and help us collect valuable fish and water quality data for the East River Fish Project to support conservation efforts in the East River! All materials will be provided at this FREE fishing clinic.

Where: Fishing Clinics will take place at Gantry Plaza State Park on the Fishing Pier (Pier 4) by the intersection of Center Blvd and 50th Ave.

Pre-registration through Eventbrite is required. To register and read important information regarding COVID-19, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/o/gantry-plaza-state-park-33054117429

Registration: Required
Sat 31 Jul
Flowing through Time: The History of the East River
Saturday, July 31, 2021 03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Gantry Plaza State Park
(718) 786-6385

Join us on a guided interactive walk thought the park to learn about the East River's natural and human history!

The East River has had a long impactful history, let's learn about it!

Who: Ages 5 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

What: Explore the history of the East River by learning about its formation, changing ecology, and human uses and impacts on this guided walk through Gantry Plaza State Park.

Where: Meet at the picnic area by Rainbow Playground. We will then walk around the park and stop occasionally for different activities.

In order to ensure the health and safety of our staff and participants, please follow the guidelines below regarding COVID-19:

  • Social distancing and mask wearing will be encouraged.
  • Participants must pre-register through Eventbrite.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are required for ALL people attending the event (INCLUDING adults and babies). Please reserve one ticket per individual.

Registration: Required
Thu 05 Aug
Tot Time!
Thursday, August 5, 2021 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Gantry Plaza State Park
(718) 786-6385

Ages 5 and younger. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Location: Meet at the picnic area by Rainbow Playground. In order to ensure the health and safety of our staff and participants, please follow the guidelines below regarding COVID-19:

  • Social distancing and mask wearing will be encouraged.
  • Participants must pre-register through Eventbrite.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are required for ALL people attending the event (INCLUDING adults and babies). Please reserve one ticket per individual. To allow space for as many people as possible, we ask that you please only register for one session per program.

Registration: Required
Sat 07 Aug
Fishing at the Gantries!
Saturday, August 7, 2021 10:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Gantry Plaza State Park
(718) 786-6385

Whether you're an experienced angler or a first time fisher, come discover the East River's catch of the day!

Who: All Ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

What: Learn the basics of catch-and-release rod and reel fishing and help us collect valuable fish and water quality data for the East River Fish Project to support conservation efforts in the East River! All materials will be provided at this FREE fishing clinic.

Where: Fishing Clinics will take place at Gantry Plaza State Park on the Fishing Pier (Pier 4) by the intersection of Center Blvd and 50th Ave.

Pre-registration through Eventbrite is required. To register and read important information regarding COVID-19, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/o/gantry-plaza-state-park-33054117429

Registration: Required

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Amenities Information

  • Amenities
  • Fishing
  • Playgrounds * Tot Lot Playground
  • Playing Fields * Plus Adult and Kid Basketball Courts