Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Shirley Chisholm State Park

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The Bike Library will be open from May 1 - October 31. Please see the Hours of Operation tab for more information.

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

  • The park is open year round, 8:00am - dusk.

  • Bike Library: May 1 - October 31

    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 1st - October 31st, 2021

    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.

    FountainBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com  located at 950 Fountain Avenue

    PennBikeLibrary.eventbrite.com 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!

Sun 09 May
Mother's Day Hike
Sunday, May 9, 2021 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park

Connect with Mother Nature on this leisurely hike!

All programs are free. All ages welcome. Children under 16 must be accomplished by an adult. Visit our eventbrite page to Reserve your spot: SCSPevents.eventbrite.com

Registration: Required
Tue 11 May
Sunset Hikes
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park

Experience the sunset and how mother nature gets ready for the night life!

*Registration goes live one week before program date*

All programs are free. All ages welcome. Children under 16 must be accomplished by an adult. Visit our eventbrite page to Reserve your spot: SCSPevents.eventbrite.com

Registration: Required
Sat 15 May
Explore the Shore (Fountain Water Access Area)
Saturday, May 15, 2021 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park

Join our educators for seining and discover life along the shore!

All programs are free. All ages welcome. Children under 16 must be accomplished by an adult. Visit our eventbrite page to Reserve your spot: SCSPevents.eventbrite.com

Registration: Required
Sun 16 May
Explore the Shore (Penn Water Access Area)
Sunday, May 16, 2021 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park

Join our educators for seining and discover life along the shore!

All programs are free. All ages welcome. Children under 16 must be accomplished by an adult. Visit our eventbrite page to Reserve your spot: SCSPevents.eventbrite.com

Registration: Required
Wed 19 May
Incredible Insects
Wednesday, May 19, 2021 04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park

Catch insects with us and learn about what they are, which ones live in our park, and why they're important

All programs are free. All ages welcome. Children under 16 must be accomplished by an adult. Visit our eventbrite page to Reserve your spot: SCSPevents.eventbrite.com

Registration: Required

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