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Hudson River Park’s sports fields are among the most in-demand in all of Manhattan and are open daily all year long. Leagues, schools and organized groups must have permits in order to play.

After school hours and early evening hours are reserved for leagues and schools serving children and typically have few vacancies. Permits for league pay are typically issued on a quarterly basis. The weekly schedule for each field provides additional insights on hours that are typically booked.




Hudson River Park issues permits for leagues, schools and other organized groups seeking to use the following locations during the hours identified below:

Field Permitted Hours and Dimensions

Pier 25 Artificial Turf Field – Youth Only (Ages 10 and younger)

All-purpose outdoor turf field | 225 x 62 ft.

Daily: 6:00 AM–10:00 PM

Pier 26 Sports Court

All-purpose sport court surface | 54 x 141 ft.

Weekday Permitted Hours: 6:00 AM–2:30 PM & 4:00–9:30 PM

Weekend Permitted Hours: 6:00 AM–2:00 PM & 5:00–9:30 PM

Pier 40 Courtyard East Field

All-purpose outdoor turf field | 65 x 110 yds.

Daily: 6:0012:00 AM

Pier 40 Courtyard West Field

All-purpose outdoor turf field | 65 x 110 yds.

Daily: 6:0012:00 AM

Pier 40 Rooftop Field #1

All-purpose outdoor turf field | 40 x 70 yds.

Daily: 6:00–12:00 AM

Pier 40 Rooftop Field #2 Youth Only (Ages 16 and younger)

All-purpose outdoor turf field | 33 x 67 yds.

Daily: 6:00 AM10:00 PM

Pier 40 Indoor Field – Youth Only (Ages 17 and younger)

Daily: 8:00 AM–10:00 PM

Chelsea Waterside Field

All-purpose outdoor turf field | 32 x 60 yds.

Daily: 6:0012:00 AM

Complete & Submit
Field Permit Application


Organizations seeking permits must apply for each field individually on a quarterly basis pursuant to the following schedule. To be considered, the application must be submitted at least twenty-one (21) days in advance of the planned use. Permits are issued for 90-minute slots unless otherwise designated. You CANNOT reserve a time slot for multiple seasons.

Teams, leagues and schools may only apply for one permit season at a time. Permits are not issued as renewals and consistent schedules are not guaranteed from season to season for previous permit holders. Submitting an application does not guarantee you will be granted field time.

“Open play” hours are only offered at the Pier 26 Sports Court. These timeframes are open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

Permit Season & Applications Information

Permit Season

First Day Applications May Be Submitted*

Fall (August 29, 2022November 27, 2023)
May 1

Winter (November 28, 2022March 5, 2023)
August 1

Spring (March 6, 2023June 11, 2023)
November 15

Summer (June 12, 2023August 27, 2023)
February 15

* Recurring permit holders may submit athletic field use applications up to six (6) months in advance of the start of each season.

Prospective field use applicants may find it useful to review the weekly athletic field use schedule posted here prior to submitting a field permit application. Those interested in single or multi-day field usage of the athletic courts and fields for larger-scale events (e.g. field days, graduations, athletic competitions/tournaments, or any other type of event must apply for a special event permit.

Athletic Field Use Fees

Application Fee

$25 (non-refundable) for each requested field

Youth Organizations Permit Fees

No fee – permitted for 1.5 hour time slots

Adult Permit Fees

Universities/Non-Profit Organizations: $125 per 1.5 hour time slot

For-Profit Organizations: $150 per 1.5 hour time slot

In addition to the required application fees, all applicant organizations will be required to demonstrate the required insurance coverage.

Only a permit can guarantee specific rights and usage of the field. Organizations holding a permit for a specified date/time have priority and exclusive use of the field. Permits may not be transferred between organizations. If you cannot use your permitted time, please notify us in advance so that we can accommodate another user if possible. Permits for any groups who cancel, do not use, or underuse the granted sessions three (3) or more times during the season may be subject to the revocation of remaining permits and potential disqualification from future seasons of play.

When not in use by a valid permit holder, fields are open to the public and available to individuals on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals without permits must vacate the field(s) for valid permit holders.

Click here for information on all field Rules & Regulations.


Hudson River Park is a public setting. Do not leave your valuables unattended.

The Park provides pack racks and lockers for storage purposes. Any individual planning to use the lockers must bring their own lock. At the end of each permitted session, ALL items must be removed, and left free and clean for the next permit holder to use.

As a convenience for field users at Pier 40, the Park also permits storage bins along the southern perimeter of the Pier 40 Courtyard Fields for season-long permit users. Storage container space is limited and must be pre-approved. All storage containers must remain locked when not in use. General storage of items outside of your approved storage bin is strictly prohibited.

For non-emergencies, our 24/7 Park Enforcement Patrol (PEP) desk is available at 212-242-6427.

To report an emergency, please call 911.


Hudson River Park has proudly launched Park Over Plastic—a parkwide effort to reduce and ultimately eliminate single-use plastics throughout the Park. All leagues, teams and individuals are asked to bring refillable water bottles with them to the field to reduce plastics consumption.

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