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Central Park Road Rules

Central Park is enjoyed by more than 42 million visitors each year*. To ensure everyone can enjoy the Park safely, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation has established rules and regulations (external link) for all New York City parks. Officers from the New York City Police Department and Parks Enforcement Patrol are responsible for enforcing all rules and regulations. (*Central Park Conservancy)

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Alcohol in the Park

Per the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, which establishes the rules and regulations for all City parks, alcohol is prohibited in Central Park.

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Wildlife in the Park

Respect the wildlife in Central Park. Never feed or approach a wild, stray, or injured animal. For matters relating to wildlife in the Park, please contact the Urban Park Rangers, 212.360.2774. In an urgent situation, you may also contact the Park Enforcement Patrol (PEP), 212.427.8700, call the City of New York (dial 311), or notify a Central Park Conservancy staff member.


Filming and Photography in Central Park

Some film and photography requires a permit and coordination with the Central Park Conservancy’s Operations Team. Learn more at our Film and Photography page.


Dogs in the Park

Dogs are welcome in Central Park. They may be off-leash between 9:00 pm and 9:00 am in most sections of the Park, but must be under the control of their owner at all times. Dogs are prohibited on all ballfields and recreational courts, playgrounds, water bodies, streams, ornamental fountains, elm islands at the Mall and the Great Lawn Oval, Lilac Walk, and the Reservoir running track.


Central Park Drives north of 72nd Street

As of June 29, 2015, Central Park Drives north of 72nd Street are permanently car-free. The four Central Park transverse roads remain open to motor vehicles. Learn more at nyc.gov. The Park drives are open to vehicular traffic only during certain hours:


West Drive

West Drive (from 72nd Street south to Central Park South & 7th Avenue) High Occupancy Vehicles only
Weekdays: 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Center Drive/East Drive

Center Drive/East Drive (from the 6th Avenue entrance on Central Park South to the East 72nd Street & 5th Avenue exit)
Weekdays: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm


Terrace Drive

Terrace Drive (72nd Street Cross) Drive (from 72nd Street/Fifth Avenue to West Drive South)
Weekdays: 8:00 am – 10:00 am
The speed limit in Central Park is 20 mph and is strictly enforced. Motorists and cyclists should slow down when drives are congested.


Central Park Conservancy

Public information by: Central Park Conservancy – centralparknyc.org

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