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Shirley Chisholm State Park

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Address
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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Pet Policy

Pets are not allowed at Shirley Chisholm State Park

2023 Bike Library Season: May 4- October 29

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!

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

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. 

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, 8:00 am - dusk.
  • 2023 Bike Library Season

    May 4 - October 29

    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 4th - October 29th

    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!

Thu 29 Feb
Leap Year Night Hike
Thursday, February 29, 2024 06:30 PM - 08:30 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
Make Leap Day 2024 one to remember! Explore the Fountain Side after hours and learn about the night sky. Registration is required and opens one week in advance at noon (2/22/2024).

Registration: Required
Sat 30 Mar
Art in the Park: Make Your Own Eclipse Viewer!
Saturday, March 30, 2024 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park
Make a pinhole viewer in advance of the 2024 solar eclipse! Join us on March 30th from 1pm to 3pm at Hendrix Creek Patio.

Pinhole viewers show a projection of the eclipse, showing the sun disappearing behind the moon as the event progresses. Note that pinhole viewers do not allow you to directly look at the sun, which should only be viewed from behind ISO 12312-2 rated solar glasses.

Use your pinhole viewer to safely view the solar eclipse on April 8th. Either bring it back to the park to view with us, or use your pinhole viewer at home!

All materials provided while supplies last.


Register at: scspevents.eventbrite.com 
Registration: Required
Mon 08 Apr
Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Monday, April 8, 2024 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park

View the 2024 Solar Eclipse from Hendrix Creek Patio with park educators!

Join us for a leisurely viewing of the 2024 solar eclipse. Eclipse glasses will be provided. The entirety of the program will take place at Hendrix Creek Patio. 
Mon 08 Apr
Solar Eclipse Hike
Monday, April 8, 2024 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park

View the 2024 Solar Eclipse from the highest point in Jamaica Bay!

Hike up the Fountain Side to the highest point with park educators to view the 2024 Solar Eclipse. Eclipse glasses will be provided. Meet at Hendrix Creek Patio on the Penn side of the park, and we will hike together over to the Fountain side.

Please dress for the weather, including comfortable shoes! Don't forget to bring plenty of water, and anything else you may need to be comfortable while hiking.
Registration: Required

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