Welcome to Sunnyside Gardens Park


Sunnyside Gardens Park is a three and a half acre park situated in historic Sunnyside Gardens, New York. Created in 1926 and operated solely by the community and its members, the park remains a place where people of all ages and backgrounds meet, play, socialize, and generate what is most important in any neighborhood: a sense of community.


The Park offers expansive grounds and facilities, which include a grass playing field, running track, clay tennis courts, basketball courts, swing and sand play areas for small children, wading pool, and one of the last remaining picnic groves left in New York City. The park is used for a variety of sports programs for children including T-ball, soccer, basketball, tennis and others.  There are several fun and cultural events throughout the year that are open to the community at-large.

Park membership is open to anyone living within the Sunnyside Gardens zones.  Click on the Zone Map for more information.  For more information on joining the Park, click on Contact or call the Park Director at (718) 672-1555.

Park hours are 10:00am to Sunset


Letter from the President

  • January 21, 2016 7:59 PM | Deb McGowan (Administrator)
    Wintertime might seem like a quiet time in the park. Our board of directors and staff are working very hard to prepare for the next season.  Our vice presidents, Ann Price and Soula Huderski are drafting up 2016 calendar of events.  Please reach out to them if you wish to organize an event.

    If you wish to organize a new event or fundraiser, please submit your ideas with a preliminary budget by the General Membership Meeting.

    We are currently on a hiring search for Park Associate.  A hiring committee has been formed and is currently working towards finding a new employee for the Park Associate position.  More information to come.  

    Please reach out to let us know if you are interested in volunteering for these committees: Membership, Facilities Rental, Sprinkler Improvements, & Pool renovation.  We are also looking for leaders for our volunteer crews; Pool, Movies, Shed, Vending & Arts & Crafts crews. 

    Enjoy the snow and sled fast! 


  • April 27, 2015 1:17 PM | Jeremy Kareken

    Happy Monday, friends,

    I didn't have time to blog yesterday, because the park was jam-packed with happy Sunnysiders and guests.  And a very happy Sunday it was.  Two very quick reminders:

    GARBAGE! Please be aware of the garbage disposal policy when you rent a picnic table.  Dave in the office just sent everyone a lovely email to help explain just how to dispose of your refuse.  Read it!  

    TRIVIA! This Wednesday, April 29 is Sunnyside Gardens Park's 6th Annual Trivia Contest at the Copper Kettle restaurant on Skillman Avenue. The park hosts this contest at The Kettle to honor its owner Patrick Tunney, who has donated tens of thousands of dollars to the park and is one of our great benefactors. There will be a short speech detailing Mr. Tunney's contributions to the park before the contest - so stop in and give a hearty "thank you" to Mr. Tunney.  Then gather a team and have a ball at our trivia night! All are welcome to attend. The contest begins at 8 p.m. 

  • April 12, 2015 10:51 AM | Anonymous

    Three of us afloat in the meadow by the swing,
    Three of us abroad in the basket on the lea.
    Winds are in the air, they are blowing in the spring,
    And waves are on the meadow like the waves there are at sea.

    Where shall we adventure, to-day that we're afloat,
    Wary of the weather and steering by a star?
    Shall it be to Africa, a-steering of the boat,
    To Providence, or Babylon or off to Malabar?

        -Pirate Story, Robert Louis Stevenson 

    The new playground equipment is HERE!  So your child can float, three abroad in the meadow, or sand pit, by the swing.  It's beautiful, and a hearty pirate's thank ye to our playground design committee for making it happen: Tonia, Natalie and Rayna - ye arrr the best!  Landlord, wine!  These lasses have earned a pirate's respect!

    Parents - PLEASE be careful.  We are instituting more gate check as we head into the high seasons, and we are endeavoring to enforced more closed gates, but always keep at least one eye on your children - always. 

    We are still looking for a volunteer coordinator!  Please help Deb McGowan, our Vice President, take some work off her plate!  Stop by the office or email me at jeremy.kareken@gmail.com.

    A very hearty welcome to spring.  I'll see you at the park - I'll be sitting by the first star at the right.


  • April 12, 2015 10:45 AM | Anonymous

    My Fellow Park Members:

    I woke up this morning (Sunday! I'm here on office hours) and I smelled that first breath of Spring.  As the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote, "Nothing is so beautiful as Spring."  In that same poem, Hopkins later asked "what is all this juice and all this joy?!"  Well, it turns out the "juice" that gives you that first breath of spring is a heady mix of geosmin with a touch of butyric acid, and a few other chemicals. So sniff away!  Nature is moving.  And we are returning to joy and life.

    Speaking of renewed life!  

    If the uppers (the sand box) are looking a little sad right now, fear not! 

    The new playground equipment is on its way!  And boy will you be happy when you see it.  Tonia Nelson and Natalie O'Sullivan have worked their tushies off to make sure you have the most awesomest and safest playground for our little treasures.  I've seen the plans (and helped approve them) and I can tell you that they're gorgeous.  This little playground will have toddlers all the way from the Bronx climbing the fence to get in and play.   

    Renewal is HERE.  You still have a chance, EIGHT DAYS, to work off those hours - and many of those hours are posted right there in the Box Garden.  Check it out!  And then, if you don't have time to work off the hours - pay your bills.  

    Volunteers! We still need a VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR, someone to help schedule, recruit, and cajole volunteers.  (And you can tell your friends about the cherry assignments!)

    Office Hours! I'll be working Sunday mornings for the time being.  Come see me Sundays from 10:30AM-1:30PM!  And I'm always available by email: jeremy.kareken@gmail.com





January 21, 2016 7:59 PM • Deb McGowan
April 27, 2015 1:17 PM • Jeremy Kareken
April 12, 2015 10:51 AM • Anonymous

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