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Get a kick out of the sports fields, playgrounds, and BBQ area that make Pier 5 the ultimate hub for active park goers.

About Pier 5

Not in the mood to break a sweat? Not to worry: cheer on your team from beneath the spectator benches. Or plan a picnic on our 30-foot wide promenade for a meal with magnificent views of lower Manhattan, Governors Island, and New York Harbor.

Pier 5 is dedicated to active recreation and features playing fields capable of configurations for soccer, lacrosse, rugby, flag football and ultimate Frisbee. Players and spectators can watch the game from the bleachers and benches situated along the sidelines.

If you are interested in obtaining a permit for your league or team, you may apply for a permit.

After working up an appetite, head over to Picnic Peninsula for a barbecue on one of our hibachi-style grills. Picnic Peninsula is the largest of the park’s picnic areas and features salvaged wood picnic tables and weather-resistant umbrellas. Still hungry? Stop by OddFellows Ice Cream Co. for dessert and try one of their delicious flavors.

Don’t forget to bring the kids to the play areas located adjacent to Picnic Peninsula. These two playgrounds feature equipment for older and younger children.

The perimeter of the Pier includes a 30-foot wide promenade that offers magnificent views of lower Manhattan, Governors Island, and the New York Harbor. The promenade features three view finders, one of which is ADA accessible.

ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina offers unparalleled water access to the local Brooklyn community, New Yorkers, and boating enthusiasts from around the globe. Located in the East River north of Pier 5, the Marina features an exceptional community program as well as seasonal docking facilities in the calmest marina basin in New York Harbor.

The Pier 5 Sports Fields will be temporarily closed during periods of heavy snow and other inclement weather to preserve the field surface. Please check the alert notifications on our homepage and our Twitter to stay up to date on closures.

Turf Open Play Schedule

Drop in to play at the Pier 5 turf when leagues are not scheduled. Drop in times are first come, first served. Leagues that have timed permits are not allowed to use open play times. When others are looking to play, please keep play time to one hour and share the field.

To form your own league for regularly recurring use of a field at the Pier 5 Turf, please apply for an Athletic Permit. If you would like to rent a field for one time use, please apply for a Special Events Permit.

This schedule is subject to change due to weather and field availability and may not always be immediately reflected on this calendar.


  • When can I play on the courts/sports fields?

      Drop in to play on the Pier 5 turf or Pier 6 volleyball courts when leagues are not scheduled. Drop in times are first come, first served. Leagues that have timed permits are not allowed to use open play times. When others are looking to play, please keep play time to one hour. All pickleball courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to host a tournament, or other type of Pickleball special event, a special event permit is required.

      See the calendar below for when fields or courts are in use.

  • When do I need a permit?

      Permits must be obtained prior to undertaking regulated activities as defined in the Park Rules and Regulations.

      Generally, permits are required if you want to (this list is not exclusive or exhaustive):

      • bring a group larger than 20 people into the Park;
      • host a wedding ceremony;
      • film or photograph for professional or commercial purposes;
      • rent access to a sports fields or courts
  • Are there water fountains?

      Yes. There are water fountains throughout Brooklyn Bridge Park and each has a water bottle filling feature.

      Water fountains are turned off for the winter season when outside temperatures reach freezing.

  • Is there parking?

      Parking near Brooklyn Bridge Park is very limited. We recommend taking public transportation, biking, or walking to the Park. BBP is accessible by bus, subway and ferry.

      There are limited metered parking spaces in a public parking lot on Furman Street near Pier 2. The parking spaces are metered for both a minimum and a maximum of three hours. Please note that parking on the Loop Road (between Pier 5 and Pier 6) is not allowed, it is a drop off space only.

      There are two paid parking lots in the Park. A parking garage is located near Pier 6, accessible on the south side of 360 Furman Street. A parking garage operated by LAZ is located near Pier 1, accessible on the south side of 90 Furman Street (under Squibb Bridge).


  • Can I get a permit for or reserve picnic tables or grilling areas?

      No, picnic tables and grilling areas are on a first come, first serve basis. When the grilling area is busy, we ask that grills are only used for one hour at a time.

  • Are there public restrooms?

  • Are lockers available?

      Yes. Lockers are located at Pier 2 for 25 cents and at Pier 5 for free. Please note that items may not be stored overnight, any items found will be removed.

  • Are the grills kosher?

      All grills are available for first come, first served use. We suggest using tin foil to separate your food from the grill surface.

  • Can I bring my own grill?

      No, cooking equipment of any kind, including sternos and other heating equipment, is no permitted in the Park. This type of equipment could endanger other park patrons or the natural environment. Grills are available for first come, first served use at the Pier 5 Picnic Peninsula.

  • Can I bring or consume alcohol in Brooklyn Bridge Park?

      Alcohol cannot be brought into Brooklyn Bridge Park. Alcohol is available for purchase at some Park concessions, but must be consumed within that concession location.

  • Is there a lost and found?

      Yes, if you find an item in the Park you can give it to any Park staff member or drop it off at our office at 334 Furman Street (near Pier 5). If you have lost an item please complete this form here, if the item is found we will contact you.

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