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Shirley Chisholm State Park

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Fountain Side Entrance:
950 Fountain Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11239

Penn Side Entrance:
1750 Pennsylvania Avenue (also known as 1750 Granville Payne Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11239
Latitude 40.643033170
Longitude -73.875378500

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The Park Offers

  • 10 miles of biking and hiking trails - please stay on the trails!
  • Bike Library with loaner bikes for park patrons of all ages.
  • Gorgeous waterfront access on Penn Pier, Hendrix Creek Patio, and Fountain Pier
  • Picnicking at tables throughout the park and the Fountain Skybowl
  • Environmental Education including public guided hikes, fishing clinics, kayaking, and school and scout field trips.

Please help us take care of this wonderful park and respect the rules:

  • Place all trash and recycling in the proper containers
  • No smoking
  • No grilling or fires
  • No balloons or kites
  • No E-bikes or scooters
  • Please leave your dogs and pets at home
  • Please keep wildlife wild! Do not feed the birds or waterfowl, gather plants or pick flowers
  • Large groups, including schools, must reach out to obtain a park use permit for their visit.

See more info about the Bike Library and reservations under Hours of Operation

Shirley Chisholm State Park is named in honor of Shirley Chisholm, a Brooklyn-born trailblazer who was the first African American Congresswoman, as well as the first woman and African American to run for President.

Rising up 130 feet above sea level, this new park occupies some of the highest ground in New York City and offers spectacular panoramic views of the Empire State Building to the northwest, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge and New York Harbor to the west, and Jamaica Bay to the south.

The site, which has never been open to the public before, rests atop the former Pennsylvania and Fountain Avenue landfills. The Penn and Fountain landfills were operated by New York City Department of Sanitation from 1956 to 1983.

After the landfills were closed, the work to reclaim and repurpose the 407 acres of land as a future park began. The first steps were to install an impermeable plastic cap and a below-ground barrier to fully encapsulate the landfills and support future reuse. A below grade methane gas piping system was also installed throughout the property so that all off gassing is carried to the property's two flares.

More than 1.2 million cubic yards of clean soil - or enough to fill nearly 100,000 dump trucks - was spread up to four feet deep across the site. The site was then planted with more than 35,000 trees and shrubs, and native grassland species. This addition of prairie grass and native plants has created a diverse ecosystem of coastal meadows, wetlands, and woodlands that has attracted a variety of birds and other local wildlife. In addition, this lovely ecosystem works to protect the capped land and prevent erosion.

In 1974, the city deeded the land to the National Park Service as part of Gateway National Recreation Area. Under a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service and the City of New York, New York State Parks is developing and operating Shirley Chisholm State Park.

After years of anticipation, Shirley Chisholm State Park is now open 365 days per year, 8 a.m. to dusk. 

Pets are not allowed at Shirley Chisholm State Park.

Mailing Address
1750 Pennsylvania Avenue (Penn Side) or 950 Fountain Ave (Fountain Side) Brooklyn, NY 11239

Hours of Operation

  • The park is open year round, 8:00 am - dusk.
  • 2024 Bike Library Season

    May 2 - October 27

    Come enjoy our free bike loan program and explore 10 miles of car-free paths and amazing vistas! Come connect with nature, get some exercise and have fun. All you have to do is sign in and leave an ID. We'll provide you with a Library bike and helmet for up to 2 hours for your adventure inside the park!

    Bike Loans: Season: May 2 - October 27

    Thursdays - Sundays, weather permitting (Weather hotline (718) 277-2420 ext. 6)

    First Ride Out - 10am

    Last Ride Out - 4pm or 1 hour before last entry into park

  • We offer on-line reservations on the hour, from 10am - 4pm via the links below.  located at 950 Fountain Avenue located at 1750 Pennsylvania Avenue

    We also offer the opportunity to register on-site on the half hour, from 10:30am - 3:30pm.

    Each time slot is limited to 6 riders. All riders must bring an ID, complete registration, wear a helmet (yours or ours), stay within park boundaries while riding, respect other park users & keep to the right, return bike within 2 hours or at closing time.

    Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Fees & Rates

  • Park Admission
  • NO Vehicle Use Fee!
    Bike Library free!
    Environmental education programs free!

Public Programs:

There is always something to see and do at Shirley Chisholm State Park! We offer public programs, free of charge, year-round. These include guided hikes, art programs, fishing clinics, kayaking, and yearly festivals. View public programs by clicking on the "Upcoming Events" button on the right side of this page or visit

School & Private Group Programs:

We offer free hands-on Environmental Education programs focused on exploring nature and environmental science for a variety of ages.  Programs must be scheduled up to 2 weeks in advance and happen Wednesday through Friday 10:30am-12pm. We can accommodate up to 2 classes at a time, or a max of 60 students total. To book a program please email

Interesting in visiting on your own with students? Please reach out to the Environmental Education team, as a Park Use Permit may still be required. Call us at (718) 277-2420.

Note that Shirley Chisholm State Park does not have mowed areas suitable for sports or field day activities.

Private Events: 

If you are bringing groups of 25 or more people to the park, please reach out to our regional permitting office at 212-866-2353. Please specify the date requested, amount of attendees, and your contact info.

Tue 23 Jul
Tot Time
Tuesday, July 23, 2024 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
Join us at Hendrix Creek Patio for a fun morning of toddler-friendly crafts and activities! Storytime at 11:30am, and a short hike at 12:00pm. No registration required.
Wed 24 Jul
Fishing Frenzy Clinics
Wednesday, July 24, 2024 03:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
Weekly free fishing clinics at the Penn Pier! Sign up for a 1 hour session to learn about the fish living in Jamaica Bay through rod and reel fishing. Registration recommended.
Registration: Required
Fri 26 Jul
Kayak Tour: Birds on the Bay
Friday, July 26, 2024 09:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
Join us for a kayak tour and learn about the birds of the park from the water! Prior kayaking experience required. Ages 15+ only. Registration required, opens 1 week in advance (7/19/2024).
Registration: Required
Fri 26 Jul
Incredible Insects
Friday, July 26, 2024 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
Insects do a big a job for us and our planet! Learn about the amazing world of insects living here at the park with the SCSP education team. For more information click here.
Registration: Required
Sat 27 Jul
Learn to Kayak Class
Saturday, July 27, 2024 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
Join us for a beginner paddling class! No prior experience required. All materials provided. 15+ only. ALL minors must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required, opens 1 week in advance (7/20/2024).
Registration: Required

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