FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Alcohol is prohibited at Randall’s Island Park, and in all New York City Parks. Please refer to the rules and regulations of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation for further details.

Yes, but it is only permitted in the following designated picnic areas:

  • lawns adjacent to the Scylla Playground;
  • along the waterfront at the south end of the park;
  • between the pedestrian pathway and river near the Bronx Shore section;
  • Sunken Meadow waterfront (specifically, the berm between Fields 27 and 30, and the waterfront behind Fields 31-40 between the pathway and the river);
  • Harlem River Picnic Area near the ferry dock; and
  • between Icahn Stadium and the Golf Center the area known as the “Flagpole Lawns”.

Please note: There is no barbecuing on or near the playing fields, pathways, or gardens or inside the playground.

Safety Rules: Park visitors may bring their own barbecue. Barbecuing and other open flames are not permitted under or near trees or other vegetation; Parks Department rules require 10 feet distance. Both charcoal and propane grills are allowed. Charcoal coals must be extinguished and cooled with water and discarded in the red hot ash bins. Coals must not be dumped on the ground or by trees. Per NYC code, only small (canister or 5-lb) propane tanks are permitted.

For details regarding field dimensions of a specific field please visit the Athletic Fields page

Please visit the Schools: Educational Programs page for an in-depth look at the Alliance’s school-based environmental educational programs.

Lost and found is located at Icahn Stadium. Please email Alex Moran, RIPA’s Operation’s Coordinator, alex.moran@randallsisland.org to inquire about your lost item.

Note: Items that have not been claimed within three months of being found will be donated to a local charity.

Permits are required to reserve the athletic fields, for film/photo shoots or to host events (20+ attendees) on the Island. Please review our Permits page for more details.

Yes, but there are limited number of picnic tables on the Island. Picnicking is not allowed on sports fields, pathways or gardens, or inside the playground. See map for locations.

Restrooms are available at Icahn Stadium, at the Golf and Tennis Centers, and in the comfort stations located at the Sunken Meadow, Wards Meadow, Hell Gate and Bronx Shore Fields. During the fall, spring and summer seasons the restroom hours are: 7 am – 9 pm. During the winter season the restroom hours are: 7 am – 5:30 pm. See map for locations.

Yes, the RFK Triborough Bridge toll is currently $8.50.

Note: There is only a toll upon entering Randall’s Island. There is no toll when exiting the Island.

Our continued success depends on the volunteers who help to maintain the wetlands, gardens and ball fields. We have projects suitable for all groups and individuals. Please visit our Volunteer page for details.

No, inflatables (including bounce houses) or mechanical rides are not permitted at the Park.

Weddings are permitted through the Parks’ Special Events Permit process.  Gatherings of 25 people or more, or those with a physical set-up or those that want a specific location need a Special Event Permit.  There is a $25 processing fee, and you must apply at least 21 days in advance.  Additionally, depending on setup, you may need to get a sound permit, liquor license, building permit (if tent is larger than 400sf) or a generator permit.  The larger setup also limits the possible locations at the Park.  Please note that we are not responsible for “staking out” your area the night before or morning of your event.  Additionally, we are not able to allocate our staff for event setup and support.