Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Gantry Plaza State Park

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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, 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
  • Wedding Photo Permits
  • Please send your request to
Thu 17 Jun
Tot Time Thursdays
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Gantry Plaza State Park
Learn about a different nature theme each week with a craft & storytime! 

Ages 5 and younger.

Session 1: 10:00-10:45am
Session 2: 11:00-11:45am 
Registration: Required
Thu 17 Jun
Ask an Educator
Thursday, June 17, 2021 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Gantry Plaza State Park
Meet our educators, ask us questions, and pick up our self-guided activity of the day! 
All ages. No advance registration required.
Sat 19 Jun
Fishing at the Gantries
Saturday, June 19, 2021
Gantry Plaza State Park
Learn the basics of rod and reel fishing and help us collect valuable data for the East River Fish Project. All ages welcomed.

Session 1: 10:00-10:45am
Session 2: 11:00-11:45am
Session 3: 12:00-12:45pm
Registration: Required
Sat 19 Jun
Summer Solstice Celebration
Saturday, June 19, 2021 03:30 PM - 05:00 PM
Gantry Plaza State Park
Celebrate summertime with sun-themed art and a guided walk to learn about all the plants, animals and people that rely on the sun at the park. 
Registration: Required
Thu 24 Jun
Puppets by the Playground: The Plight of the Pollinators!
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Gantry Plaza State Park
A bumble bee adventures out to find nectar. Will they make it? The Clay Pit Ponds Puppet Theater is taking their show on the road in celebration of National Pollinator Week! Join us at Gantry Plaza State Park for a showing of The Plight of the Pollinators! followed by a guided walk to observe pollinators in action. All ages welcomed!

Session 1: 11:00-12:00pm
Session 2: 1:00-2:00pm
Session 3: 3:00-4:00pm
Registration: Required

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Amenities Information

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