Welcome to Sunnyside Gardens Park


Sunnyside Gardens Park is a three and a half acre private 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. For more information Contact us at SGCAPark@gmail.com or call (718) 672-1555

Park hours are 10:00am to Sunset



Letter from the President

  • February 27, 2017 9:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    It’s that time of year when the board gets to work. We are rolling up our sleeves, doing our research, and working together to get the park ready for the warmer months. If we listen to “Staten Island Chuck” we will be seeing spring sooner and the board is ready. I’m very thankful for this team of dedicated members and the work they have already put in.

    The moment we told a friend that Christine and I were “expecting”, I was instructed, “You must join Sunnyside Gardens Park - and don’t skip out on your volunteer hours!” I took this advice and went down the next day to sign up. Since that day, we have truly enjoyed the park, all it has to offer, and the community that is its core. Over the years I have volunteered at the Out of School BBQ, been a member of the Pool Committee, started and chaired the Chili Bowl and chaired the Camp Out. I have made great friends and feel lucky to have found this very special place. The community is what makes Sunnyside Gardens Park such a unique place. We are a small village inside one of the largest cities in the world.

    I am looking forward to a great year building on the park’s history of community while improving the health and beauty of its grounds. I will work with my fellow Board Members to remain focused on the completion of projects that will be valuable to the park and its members.

    I would like to take this opportunity to officially introduce our wonderful 2017 Board Members: 

    Kate Mitchell, Vice President

    Ali Kocabas, Treasurer

    Alan Baglia, Secretary

    Jamie Sweetman, Park Manager

    I would also like to announce the following Zone Representatives who have dedicated themselves to three-year terms:

    Zone 1: Thomas Farnham, Jeremy Kareken, Ryan Shannon

    Zone 2: Andy Bichler, Kathleen Nesdale, John O’Sullivan

    Zone 3: Soja Bobraw, Dorothy Cavallo, Maryann Joyce

    Phipps Management Rep: Angie Anderson

    Homeowners Rep: Stephen Cooper

    I would also like to recognize the park staff for their continued hard work in keeping the park a safe and fun place for members to enjoy.

    Lastly, I would like to thank the previous board for all of their great work and help transitioning knowledge from the previous year.

    Thank you for the opportunity to represent the interests of Sunnyside Gardens Park. It has been a rough winter but spring will be here soon! That means a great new season with all of our park friends.


    James W. Ricciardella (A.K.A “Nina’s Dad”)

  • December 22, 2016 9:42 AM | Sean McGowan

    Wishing you all a Happy Holidays!

    Our new 2017 board takes the reins on January 1.  You can find out who the new officers are  on our Directory page.  

    In recent months, a few more committees were formed: Constitution Review, Park Rules Review, and Treasury Oversight.   On an approximately 5-year cycle the Constitution with its by-laws are reviewed. Any changes goes through a voting process.

  • December 11, 2016 5:22 PM | Sean McGowan

    Come on out to vote!  

    Earn an hour of volunteer time by doing your park civic duty. 

    One vote per membership account of 18 yrs of age & older.  If there are two adults in a membership, only one needs to attend to vote. 

    Quorum of 20% of membership is needed to preform the elections. For more info: 

    December: General Meeting & ELECTIONS @ Phipps Social Hall

  • November 24, 2016 4:29 PM | Sean McGowan

    My Grandma taught me to give when you can. If you can give, even a little, it would directly help a park family that's fighting cancer.  I just hope together we can help Szilvia Breckner & her family. Thank you.  https://www.gofundme.com/szilvia-breckner-treatment-support

  • August 22, 2016 12:18 PM | Sean McGowan

    Due to vacations, last day of the baseball clinic will be Wednesday August 24. 

  • August 02, 2016 4:21 PM | Sean McGowan

    Thank you to all of our digger today!  All of the 14 tons of clay is on the infield. We have some extra to smooth out the baselines and infill some future puddles.  

    Take a look at our diggers working hard and having fun on members'


    Lets play ball!

  • July 15, 2016 11:41 PM | Sean McGowan


    Thank you to our very determined Temporary Sprinkler Committee! 

  • July 04, 2016 7:28 PM | Sean McGowan

    Update:  Some of our very handy members came up with another low cost temporary sprinkler. Its a spray nozzle covered by a cut off caution cone.  It's an experiment, but hopefully a successful cooling one. 

    A work party by volunteer members is scheduled now for July 10th to attempt repairs on the main play sprinkler.  

  • June 29, 2016 4:30 AM | Sean McGowan

    Hot!  Don't worry. 

    New portable sprinklers are on their way. Soon, we will have a refreshing new splash of water outlets in the park approved by the board. Many thanks goes to the Temporary Sprinkler Committee who researched and figured out some cooling down fun.  Thank you - Eleanor P, Amy H, Huilan J, Dietmar D, Michelle M, Nicole M, Ann B, Nancy K, & Tom F.

    Who said its going to be a lazy summer?  

    Check out our summer sports schedule with an exciting new baseball clinic on Wednesdays & Saturdays. Modern School of Soccer returns on Tuesdays. Our basketball clinic is still happening on Wednesdays.

    Look soon for new postings on our Park Support page handy fixes to do around the park. 

  • January 21, 2016 7:59 PM | Sean McGowan
    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! 


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