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Shirley Chisholm State Park

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Notice: The Bike Library Program is closed for the season! Thank you all for a great season, until next time.

Address
Fountain Side Entrance:
950 Fountain Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11208

Penn Side Entrance:
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, 8 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, 8:00am - dusk.

Fees & Rates

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

Sat 01 May
I Love My Park Day
Saturday, May 1, 2021 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park

You must register directly with the park https://www.eventbrite.com/e/149199542849

Meeting Location for all projects: All events will be on the Fountain Ave Side of Shirley Chisholm State Park at 950 Fountain Ave, Brooklyn NY 11239. For both events participants will meet at the picnic tables behind the blue trailer.

Project 1: Fountain Shoreline Cleanup Participants will help clean the Fountain Shoreline of trash, garbage bags and pickers will be provided. Participants will meet at the picnic tables behind the blue trailer.
Start time: 9:00AM End time: 11:00AM
All ages welcome. Bring garden gloves.

Project 2: Trail Maintenance Participants will assist park staff with trail maintenance on the Fountain side of the park by raking and spreading gravel. Rakes and shovels will be provided.
Start time: 1:00PM End time: 3:00PM
Appropriate for 13 and up Bring garden gloves.

Registration: Required
Sun 02 May
I Love My Park Day
Sunday, May 2, 2021 10:00 AM - 02:30 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park

You must register directly with the park https://www.eventbrite.com/e/149211518669

Meeting Location: 1750 Pennsylvania Ave Brooklyn, NY 11239. Shoreline Cleanup Participants will meet at the Penn Contact Station near the front entry gate. Planter Box Weeding Participants will meet at Hendrix Creek Patio.

Project 1: Penn Shoreline Cleanup Participants will cleanup trash along the Penn Shoreline, garbage bags and trash pickers will be provided. Participants will meet at the Penn Contact Station near the main entry gates.
Start time: 10:00AM End time: 12:00PM
All ages welcome. Bring garden gloves.

Project 2: Planter Box Weeding meet at Hendrix Creek Patio. Participants will pull weeds from Planter Boxes on Hendrix Creek Road. Participants will meet at the Hendrix Creek Patio
Start time: 1:30PM End time: 2:30PM
All ages welcome Bring garden gloves.

Registration: Required

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