The city’s public parks are filled with various facilities for walking and biking, but over the past few years new playgrounds have opened that cater to the extreme sports crowd.
From skateboard parks to a ropes obstacle course, visitors to each of the five boroughs can get their athletic rush for free.
“At NYC Parks, we strive to upgrade our recreational facilities while meeting the needs of 21st century users,” a Parks Department spokesperson said.
Riverside Skate Park: 108th Street and Riverside Drive in Riverside Park, lower level. Open Thursday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., this skate park features half pipes, quarter pipes and rails.
Pier 40: 353 West St., Hudson River Park. The pier is one of seven spots that offer free kayak rides on the Hudson River during the summer.
River Avenue Skate Park: East 157th Street and River Avenue, Concourse. This is one of the largest skateboard parks in the city, with 10,000 square feet of concrete features, including stairs, rails, ledges, benches, banks and gaps. BMX bikes are allowed at the park.
Pelham Bay Park: Orchard Beach Road, Pelham. The park is home to a kayak station that is free to visitors, allowing them to sail the Ocean Lake Lagoon.
Flushing Meadows-Corona skate park: 11101 Corona Ave., Corona. This skate park was recently erected next to the World’s Fair Pavilion and Unisphere, offering riders a classic New York City backdrop while they perform their tricks.
Cunningham Park mountain bike trail: Fresh Meadows. The trail is one of two Parks Department locations that were created with IMBA (International Mountain Bike Association) standards. The terrain features dirt jumpers and pump tracks.
Millennium Skate Park: Colonial Road between 68th Street and Wakeman Place in Owl’s Head Park, Bay Ridge. The BMX-only park has a 6-foot-deep “street bowl,” ramps and a 12-foot-wide concrete “waterfall.”
Brooklyn Bridge Park: Pier 1, DUMBO. The park on the East River has its own kayak dock that’s open from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Ben Soto Skate Park: Midland Beach Playground off Father Capodanno Boulevard, Midland Beach. This skateboard park is open from dawn to dusk and includes urban metal and concrete streetscapes.