Recreational areas in Highland Park
Please note: Organized leagues or special events need a permit to use any athletic area. For people under 18, the permit is free. For those 18 and over, a fee is required. A parks permit takes 30 days to process.
Practice your swing, perfect your pitch or organize a league game at our six ball fields. Two are located in the lower section and there are four in the upper area that are designed for Little League (fields 3 and 4).
Dribble your way over to our four full basketball courts in the lower section. You can also cool off in our tree-covered two-half courts in the upper playground off Heath Place and Highland Boulevard.
Spike and cut your shots at our ten handball courts located in the lower park section above the tennis courts.
Located amoung the trees behind the Vermont Place parking lot, is our picnic and barbecue area. It features picnic tables, double and single grills and an open lawn to make your family reunion or special celebration a memorable event. Barbecuing is allowed in designated areas ONLY, not under trees. All coals and litter must be disposed of in trash receptacles. Behind the picnic area you will also find four volleyball courts. Please bring your own nets. Groups of 20 or more need to apply for a Parks permit, which takes 30 days to process.
In the lower park section, behind the comfort station, is our amphitheater and spray shower area. The Forest Park Trust sponsors seasonal events such as our summer concert series, and festivals. The spray shower also provides a spacious place to cool off during the summer.
Our tennis courts are nestled on a ridge in the lower park section. You will find ten full courts and eight youth courts. Our tennis season is from April through November and permits are required to play.
Our .9 acre community garden is located off on Jamaica Avenue and Ashford Street. It is more than 100 years old. The garden season starts in April. The 30 rentable plots are 5 feet x 20 feet in size. Features include compost and rain harvesting areas as well as herbs, perennial flowers and fruit beds. Our community garden hosts educationla programs, events and provides a place to grow organic produce.
Behind the community garden is a multipurpose synthetic turf sports field which serves as an open play area for soccer, football, softball and other athletic activities.
The main entrance to the Ridgewood Reservoir is across the Vermont Place parking lot. It once served as the major water source for Brooklyn. Today, it is a great place to walk, jog, or bird watch. The main path around the reservoir is 1.18 miles and connects to the Brooklyn-Queens Greenway, allowing visitors to easily access the park from both boroughs. Along the path, you will see great city views, the interior forests and Water Basin 2. The west causeway is only open during the day.