Amazing vibe and beautiful people. Love this park so much. Great place to play soccer games, work out, and run around the track field. New turf, amazing environment during the summer. Played an outdoor show here before it got so cold. Walked through yesterday as part of photoshoot. Lots of space. Can be enjoyed social distancing. McCarren Park is an amazing place for a walk/jog/run [or during the summer a great place for] a nice picnic.
I visit this place on a daily basis. Great green park for walking and exercise. Beautiful old Sycamores and crab apples too. Wonderful blossoms in spring and autumnal colors in fall.
Track can be crowded on weekends but is more open and well lit for earlier and later runners. Plenty of people enjoying life here on the weekends. Some people use the grills, celebrate birthdays, enjoy wine and cheese or just people watch. Nearby are coffee houses, sushi bars, restaurants, and even thrift shops.
There might literally might be something for everyone here. McCarren Park is more like a series of parks . Check the map, there’s about four parks. There is plenty of access to park services, like bathrooms, swings, a ginormous outdoor pool, basketball courts, handball courts, soccer field, baseball fields, a track…trees, benches and yesterday afternoon a cute little one man band. They have performances sometimes…been coming here since I was a kid. The place just gets better and better. People watchers and dog lovers- you’ll pass out if you come here…
Spacious positively a time to get on the grass and read individually or as a small crowd in good trusting company its one great way to eat, talk, read and enjoy life with family and friends. We live only once. Let’s make the best of it. Nice area to relax and unwind. Nice little tennis facility with friendly staff. Relatively affordable indoor tennis.
The hipster hangout. Then head over to the great indie vintage stores nearby. Also grateful that this place has a public restroom, which I ended up needing to use last time I was in the area. Nice park to run or for kids to bike around. Grills and picnic tables are great but make sure you get there early on a weekend otherwise they are all taken. The splash park and playground are a bit underwhelming and could use an upgrade.
NYC Parks makes a splash with new McCarren Park pool
In Brooklyn, NYC Parks unveiled a new 37,950 square-foot pool at McCarren Park, which accommodates 1,500 swimmers.
This pool is amazing. It’s very clean, in fact they close down the pool each day for an hour to so a mid-day cleaning. There are lockers, showers, restrooms all of which are maintained by many staff workers during the day. The pool is open until 7p for those who want to take a dip after work. The pool is absolutely enormous. The pool is well staffed with lifeguards and attendants. All of this despite being a free swimming pool, run my the City.
For years this public pool lay closed and dormant because neighborhood factions didn’t want “outsiders” to use the pool. It’s a NYC Department of Parks Facility so kick rocks. It’s now open and nicely remodeled for the enjoyment of the entire Brooklyn and Queens community. As for my experience I feel it’s the cleanest pool within the 5 boroughs.
Nice big pool, at times can get pretty crowded with kids. Sometimes you get your out of control group of kids but staff seems to help. If they don’t notice it, then go and let them know and they’ll help out. If you go early, that’s the best time. Not over crowded, plus when it starts to get crowded then you can leave. They have lots of rules to follow so make sure you call to see what you can or can’t bring with you.
McCarren Park Tennis Courts
This place is beautiful. The best indoor tennis club/place I’ve ever seen. The prices are fair, the people are friendly, and the overall atmosphere is wonderful. The owners are fabulous people and they have great programs for kids. They host birthday parties, amazing events, and have beautiful water bottles on sale!!!
Overall, this is where i come to relax, workout, and have fun. Really, it’s a all-in-one package that anybody can enjoy. From toddelers to elders and everything in between, this place will bring out the best in you, and when you walk in, you can tell that everyone is having a good time and is having fun…..
Not bad, considering NYC standards. The attendant is really nice. Courts well maintained. Players who frequent here are polite and respectful of reservations and dedicated court times. Two courts are available for advanced reservations online. The other 5 courts you need to sign up for. I’d say 4 out of 5 times, I have no problem getting a court on a Saturday morning.
Overall a consistently good experience, hit or miss on the stringing if you don’t know exactly what you want though. Bottom line, great club, but if you want a unique string setup do the research in advance and bring your own strings.
McCarren Park Track
MaCarren park is one of the best outdoors track and field there is in Brooklyn. It is a soccer field with a 400-meter track & has 8-lanes which is very convenient for social distancing. The park itself also has a little gym area where you can do push ups, pull ups and ellipticals. What I like the most about the parking that is readily available as well as the fact that there is a filtered water fountain as well. There isn’t a better park for runners!
So great. An amazing place to train and meet people doing the same. Saw many people out and would be too crowded to do a large class but good for an intimate group of fitness buddies! Or just pop in your audio tape for a few laps around the track.
Always well kept, clean, and in great condition. People respect each other’s space here as well. People walk in the outer rings and run in the inner rings. In the middle part of the track there are people playing football, soccer, practicing yoga, and weight training. On the outer edges of track there are usually people selling water, Gatorade, and icies (fake gelato).
Truly a lovely park if you’re looking for an outdoor space to exercise. Features a full sized football field all of which is completely astroturf. The field is ringed by a multi-lane track complete with bleachers and misting/water stations. There are also some assorted gym machines located adjacent to the track and field. Other enjoyable activities are: sunbathing, people watching, reading. On Saturdays there appears to be a small farmers market.
Green Dome Garden
Nice little gem hidden right in the open. Strolling parhs and seating areas nicely olaced in a garden of great diversity. Very thoughtful. A beautiful little garden that’s full of vibrant plants.
Vincent V. Abate Playground
Great Great Park, kids will definitely love it have a great time!
A huge playground that has something anywhere from toddlers to teens. Lots of shade, benches, and water fountain(s). The people in the area are very nice.
Rad mid-sized park with something for almost everyone. A lot of solid rails, boxes, hubbas, a couple quarter pipes, hip, and a fun mini euro. The pole jam and middle pyramid offer ways to get creative. The flatbar is perfect if you need to learn a new rail trick. One of the best skatepark handrails in the city, in my opinion. There’s not a lot of flow or transition skating—it seems like ramp lovers hang out at Cooper nearby. McCarren can get crowded on the weekend like most NYC parks, but that’s just part of the game.
There are two entrances to the skate park. On Lorimer itself where the b48 drops you or you can opt for the block on Bayard St. This side leads in from the back of the quarter. There is a small fountain here. However, I suggest bringing some Gatorade or lemon water to keep adequately hydrated.
It’s a beginner level park and so you’ll see kids to adults here. I suggest warming up and stretching adequately from 10-20 minutes and doing some stalls of your tricks planned for the day. It gets crowded during the week so a Saturday might be best.
The quarters are not joined to anything so if you catch air just be careful not to project yourself over the quarter as you’ll meet a very harsh and not well paved concrete. The two entrances beside the quarter for a beginner are to warm up as well as exit the park on the Bayard St side. Great for practicing going fakie or pumping. There are a total of two manual boxes 4 mini rails. 2 big rails beside the stairs. A triangle and a landing square in the middle of the park.
Wear a helmet if you plan on doing tricks that require big air. The concrete IS paved and hurts even with knee pads. Wear recommendations, you can go without a shirt but I don’t recommend it. Jean shorts or jeans pants hold up better than basketball shorts. For inline skaters: you don’t need wax,ABEC 9 BEARINGS are super fast on this pavement so going slow as a warm-up is recommended.
McCarren Park Dog Run
I really like to come to that park, one of the biggest i have to say. A lot of space for dogs to run and play. The dog run is in the park, and if you come before 9am, you can let them go free, its cool. Now they putted some hay on the ground and it looks good and not muddy. Always coming there.
My dog loves this place. I wish we would have more of those in Brooklyn. It’s amazing to have the opportunity to get our dog exercising and running freely. Thank you so much for this great Dog Run and I hope we will have one in South Williamsburg sooner than later!!!
My favorite dog park in Brooklyn. It’s just the right size for owners to be aware what the dogs are up to but also big enough for them to get a good run in. There is an area for smaller dogs and then there is an area for larger or medium sized dogs which makes a lot of sense. Especially on the weekends it gets a bit more crowded but you’ll always find a good crowd of dogs there whenever you go. Enjoy! Your NYC apartment dog needs that run!