COVID‑19 Information

Our policy as of June 10, 2021.
Return here for updates.

Spring is here and we are all ready to get back outside. NYRP will be working hard to expand options for access to safe clean open space this season, and we look forward to seeing you.

COVID-19 continues to pose a serious risk, particularly to those with underlying health conditions and the elderly. Do not let your guard down!

  • Wearing a mask is optional outdoors per CDC guidelines. Each NYRP garden group can decide whether or not to require mask-wearing in their respective garden.
  • Maintain social distancing, keep your circle of contacts small
  • Frequently wash and sanitize your hands
  • If you are sick, get tested and isolate until you know the results

Public events in parks and gardens need to follow safe distancing guidelines. Public park events require permits.

City parks are a wonderful resource where social distancing can be observed. We hope to see you in the acres we care for in Northern Manhattan, Sherman Creek, Swindler Cove Park, and Highbridge Park. You will find current information on NYC Parks safety guidelines here:

NYC Parks Guidelines

CDC chart

Community Gardens

Social distancing can be challenging in smaller spaces. Public open hours in NYRP community gardens are at the discretion of each garden group until further notice. Gardens with open hours will have those posted at the gate once the group has met and decided how they choose to move forward this season.

Gardeners are not responsible for enforcing rules or correcting behaviors, any concerns should be reported to 311 or 911 depending on the severity.

Some of our gardens are large enough to host community events. The event capacity depends on the size of the garden. NYRP will only approve community events open to all members of the public like food distributions, health fairs, fitness classes, and performances. At this time NYRP will not approve private celebrations, such as birthday parties. NYRP continues to work with garden members and community to identify ways that gardens may support increasing access to critical resources.

If you are interested in becoming an NYRP garden member or in organizing a community event at a garden, please contact us at [email protected] and we will connect you with your local garden group.


The following NYRP in-person programs have been cancelled for the entirety of the 2021 season:

  • Environmental education programs like Nature in My Neighborhood and Garden Growers
  • Tree Giveaways

While in-person programming is cancelled, we have many online opportunities for everyone on our resources page.

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