Socrates Sculpture Park spans five acres (about the size of one New York City block) on the East River waterfront in Long Island City. The beach at Hallets Cove, located just north of the Park on Vernon Boulevard is also under the Park’s purview. Please note: the beach is closed in the wintertime.
ENTRANCES / EXITS
You can enter/exit the Park at either the main gate at the intersection of Vernon Boulevard and Broadway or the North Gate on Vernon Boulevard between 31st Drive and 31st Avenue. The gates are opened every morning at 9am and closed every evening at sundown (with the exception of certain programs like Outdoor Cinema). Admission is free and visitors are welcome to enter and exit at their leisure during our open hours.
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The Park’s grounds mostly consist of flat, grassy lawn with decorative plantings around the outer edges. There is a grove a trees at the south-western edge of the landscape. For more information about Socrates’ horticultural practices click HERE.
Dogs are welcome in the park, but must be kept on leash at all times. Visitors found in violation of this regulation can be fined by the New York City Parks department.
Alcohol and barbecuing are not permitted. Picnicking is allowed, but parties of more than 20 people must obtain a Special Events Permit from the Parks Department.
There is no public parking at Socrates with the exception of one handicap-accessible space outside the main gate. Street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood.
Off Limits Areas
–The outdoor artist studio on the south end of the Park is off-limits to the public. For more information about our studio and exhibitions program click HERE.
–The Education Area including the tent and Sticks are off-limits when not in use for a designated program. For more information about our Education Programs click HERE.
–The Park’s decorative gardens and rocky shorelines are off-limits to the public as they can be damaged by visitors who traverse them.
–Please note: There are no public indoor facilities at the Park.
Porta-johns are available at the Park from April-November. There are no public restrooms at the Park from December-March.
One water-fountain is located inside the main gate of the Park at the intersection of Vernon Boulevard and Broadway.
In partnership with Big Reuse we offer 7-day-a-week compost drop-off at the Park during open hours (9am – sundown). The compost bins are located on the south end of the Park. Please comply with Big Reuse’s composting requirements.
Public benches are spaced at intervals around the Park’s perimeter.
The Park provides free doggy bags in a dispenser located inside our main gate at Vernon Boulevard and Broadway.
A raised cobblestone platform is located at the north-eastern edge of the Park. During the height of our annual programmatic season from April-August, we also install a wooden stage in the grove of trees.
Socrates Sculpture Park is free and fully accessible to visitors of all abilities, including but not limited to individuals with physical, visual, and auditory disabilities, owners of special care animals, and wheelchair users. Individuals or groups with special needs are always welcome and are encouraged to contact us with any specific questions regarding your visit or to request special accommodations at 718-956-1819 x105 or email@example.com.
– There are no steps or stairs within the five-acre landscape, which has a paved pathway around its perimeter to allow for wheelchair access.
– There is one reserved handicap accessible parking space at the main entrance of the Park (on Vernon Blvd and Broadway), which accesses the paved pathway.
– Temporary, portable bathrooms are provided seasonally from late April to October, including one ADA/wheelchair accessible portable bathroom.
– For our hearing impaired guests, we offer Assisted Listening Devices for amplified programs at the Park. Please call in advance to arrange a device.
The Park grounds are available for rental in select circumstances. For more information about private rentals, please call 718-956-1819 x105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you believe you may have lost something at the Park please email email@example.com or call 718-956-1819.
For answers to FAQ’s about the Park click HERE