Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Shirley Chisholm State Park

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Notice: The Bike Library Program is closed for the season.

Address
1750 Pennsylvania Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11239
Latitude 40.643033170
Longitude -73.875378500

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, 9 a.m. to dusk. 

The park offers:

  • 10 miles of biking and hiking trails – please stay on the trails!
  • SCSP Bike Library with loaner bikes for park patrons of all ages
  • Gorgeous waterfront access on Penn Pier, Hendrix Creek Patio
  • Picnicking
  • Environmental Education including fishing, guided bird walks and nature in your neighborhood

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

  • Please place all trash and recycling in the proper containers
  • Please, no smoking!
  • Please, no grilling or fires!
  • Please leave your dogs and pets at home
  • Please keep wildlife wild, do not feed the birds or water fowl

Pets are not allowed at Shirley Chisholm State Park.

Mailing Address
950 Fountain Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11239

Hours of Operation

  • Open year round, 9 am - dusk.

Fees & Rates

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

Fri 22 Nov
Water Quality Exploration
Friday, November 22, 2019 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
(212) 866-3100

Aspects of our water can give us clues about what lives in Jamaica Bay.

Meet at Penn Pier

Sat 23 Nov
Plankton Observation
Saturday, November 23, 2019 03:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
(212) 866-3100

Use microscopes to explore our underwater world.

Meet at Penn Pier

Sun 24 Nov
Shore Life Observation
Sunday, November 24, 2019 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
(212) 866-3100

Take a look at live creatures from our shoreline.

Meet at Penn Flare Plaza

Fri 29 Nov
Guided Hikes
Friday, November 29, 2019 10:00 AM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
(212) 866-3100

Join one of our educators to explore the trails on the Fountain Side of the park!

Each hike will last approximately 1 - 1.5 hours. Wear comfortable footwear and bring water.

Meet at the Penn Bike Connector

Fri 29 Nov
Guided Hikes
Friday, November 29, 2019 03:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
(212) 866-3100

Join one of our educators to explore the trails on the Fountain Side of the park!

Each hike will last approximately 1 - 1.5 hours. Wear comfortable footwear and bring water.

Meet at the Penn Bike Connector

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Amenities, Activities & Information

  • Amenities
  • Nature Trails
  • Picnic Tables
  • Activities
  • Biking * The Bike Library Program is closed for the season
  • Fishing
  • Hiking