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Barbecues and Picnics

COVID-19 UPDATE: Please note that COVID protocols are in effect in Prospect Park. For more information visit our coronavirus update page.

Since its opening in 1867, Prospect Park has been one of the City’s premier destinations for picnicking. We welcome barbecues in the park in the picnic areas designated on the map below.

Public grills are available on a first come, first served basis at the following locations: Picnic House North, Bandshell North, Wellhouse, Parkside Lawn, Lincoln Road

Please follow these rules to protect wildlife habitats and the safety of all park patrons:

  • Use a charcoal grill or hibachi at least two feet above the ground.
  • Propane is not permitted; charcoal only.
  • No fire within 10 feet of any building, tree or underbrush, or beneath the branches of any tree.
  • Groups of 20 or more require a permit, and are only allowed at select picnic areas (see map below). Learn more.
  • Do not place coals on the ground.
  • Deposit coals in hot coal bins, or extinguish coals with water and wrap coals in foil.
  • Place extinguished and wrapped coals in a dumpster, or leave them in or next to a trash receptacle.
  • Please bag all other trash and deposit in or next to a trash receptacle, or if possible carry your trash with you out of the park.

Download our Barbecue Guide for the latest info and tips for enjoying Prospect Park.

Picnic Area—Long Meadow North
This picnic area can be permitted for gatherings of more than 20 people. Gatherings of less than 20 people do not require a permit.
Picnic Area—Picnic House North
This picnic area can be permitted for gatherings of more than 20 people. Gatherings of less than 20 people do not require a permit.
Picnic Area—Bandshell South
This picnic area can be permitted for gatherings of more than 20 people. Gatherings of less than 20 people do not require a permit.
Picnic Area—Picnic House South
This picnic area can be permitted for gatherings of more than 20 people. Gatherings of less than 20 people do not require a permit.
Picnic Area—Parkside Lawn
This area is for gatherings of 20 people or less. For locations for larger gatherings, please visit our barbecue webpage.
Picnic Area—Peristyle Lawn
This picnic area can be permitted for gatherings of more than 20 people. Gatherings of less than 20 people do not require a permit.
Picnic Area—Park Circle
This picnic area can be permitted for gatherings of more than 20 people. Gatherings of less than 20 people do not require a permit.
Picnic Area—Nethermead
This area is for gatherings of 20 people or less. For locations for larger gatherings, please visit our barbecue webpage.
Picnic Area—Vanderbilt Oval
This area is for gatherings of 20 people or less. For locations for larger gatherings, please visit our barbecue webpage.
Picnic Area—Wellhouse
This area is for gatherings of 20 people or less. For locations for larger gatherings, please visit our barbecue webpage.
Picnic Area—Bandshell North
This picnic area can be permitted for gatherings of more than 20 people. Gatherings of less than 20 people do not require a permit.
Picnic Area—15th Street Lawn North
This picnic area can be permitted for gatherings of more than 20 people. Gatherings of less than 20 people do not require a permit.
Picnic Area—15th Street Lawn South
This picnic area can be permitted for gatherings of more than 20 people. Gatherings of less than 20 people do not require a permit.
Picnic Area—10th Avenue Lawn
This picnic area can be permitted for gatherings of more than 20 people. Gatherings of less than 20 people do not require a permit.
Picnic Area—Lincoln Road
This picnic area is only designated for gatherings of 20 people or less. For locations for larger gatherings, please visit the our barbecue webpage.

Rules and Safety

Barbecuing is permitted only in designated areas of the Park.

Permits

Having a party? Groups of more than 20 people require a permit.