Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Marsha P. Johnson State Park (East River State Park)

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Marsha P. Johnson State Park is undergoing extensive renovations which will dramatically improve the visitor experience at the park. Improvements will include a new park house with public bathrooms, classroom space, and park ranger contact station; refurbished concrete event pads, new park furniture, and a modern stormwater management system. Some areas of the park will be temporarily limited during construction. The north section of the park and the dog run will remain accessible through neighboring Bushwick Inlet Park. The park renovations will be complete by summer 2021.

A summary of recent public listening sessions on the commemorative design and interpretive elements for Marsha P. Johnson State Park is available here: https://www.parks.ny.gov/documents/parks/MarshaPJohnsonCommunityFeedback.pdf

Site Plan

Site Renderings

The site plan and renderings show the current park design and incorporate public feedback to date. Through the course of the current (and 2nd wave) of public engagement sessions, we invite the public to submit comments by email to info.mpj@parks.ny.gov

Upcoming Meetings

Address
90 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Latitude 40.721828
Longitude -73.960258

On February 1, 2020, Governor Cuomo renamed the park in honor of Marsha P Johnson, a transgender woman of color who was a pioneer of the LGBTQ civil rights movement and a prominent figure in the Stonewall Uprising.

Marsha P. Johnson State Park is a seven-acre waterfront park located along the East River in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. It offers visitors a stunning view of the Manhattan skyline, a delightful play area, and the green space provides many opportunities for recreation and relaxation. As the site of a 19th century shipping dock, visitors to East River may also discover unique historical remnants like old cobblestone streets and railroad tracks embedded in concrete. Historic interpretive signs are provided for your convenience. The park preserves and protects the many natural and historical resources along this beautiful city waterfront. The park is free and open to the public.

In addition to the great views of the East River and Manhattan, the park offers native meadow plantings among the historic rail yard remnants; passive recreation; picnicking and barbecues.

Pet Policy: The park features a dog run.

Hours of Operation

  • Open year round. Dawn to dusk.

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.

  • 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
Sat 01 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 1, 2021 11:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Marsha P. Johnson State Park (East River State Park)

Meeting Location for all Projects: 90 Kent Ave Brooklyn New York 11249
All ages welcome. Bring garden gloves.

Project 1: Shoreline Clean up
Project 2: Shoreline weed pulling

Register

Registration: Required

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Amenities Information