North Meadow Recreation Center in Central Park

Location: MAP | Mid-Park above the Reservoir at 97th Street.
Hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Contact: +1 (917) 267-2474
Holidays closed: July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Day, New Year's Eve & Day

North Meadow Recreation Center

North Meadow Leisure Center facilities include:

  • 6 outdoor basketball courts
  • 6 outdoor handball courts
  • Changing room
  • Multipurpose room
  • Computer rooms

Visitors to Central Park can borrow kits from the North Meadow Recreation Center which include various sporting items, such as Frisbees, skipping ropes, balls, bats and hoops. Basketballs, for use on the Centre’s basketball courts, are also available with photo ID.

This facility, which was once a stable, also contains a lab that monitors Central Park’s water and soil while teaching children biology and chemistry.


Bring a Recreation center membership form with a valid ID and proof of Covid-19 vaccination at any NYC Recreation Center.

Annual Recreation Center Membership Fee

  • Adults: (25 to 61): 12 months for $150 / or 6 months for $75
  • Young adults: (18 to 24 years old) $25
  • Youth: (under 18) Free
  • Seniors: (62 and over) $25
  • Veterans: $25
  • People with Disabilities: $25

Instructor-led classes such as aerobics, martial arts, music, or yoga may require additional session fees.

Sanitary instructions

As of March 7, 2022, proof of vaccinations, temperature checks and health examinations are are no longer needed to enter our leisure centers.

Wearing a mask is strongly encouraged during all leisure center activities. Wash your hands before participating in a program and stay home if you are sick.

Chris B. Hall