Frequently Asked Questions

Will the lawns be open Today?

For the most up-to-date information on lawn openings, please click here to visit our open lawns page.

Is my dog allowed on the lawn?

To keep the lawns sanitary for children and other visitors, we ask that you keep your dog on pathways and in the dog run. However, service dogs and emotional support dogs (with appropriate documentation) are allowed. Please be aware that  dogs off leash and dogs creating unsanitary conditions will be asked to leave the lawn.

I want to hold a birthday party, fundraiser, or an event in the park?

Gatherings of 20 or more people require a permit from the Department of Parks and Recreation. All lawn furniture and decorations must be included on the permit.

Are tables and chairs allowed on the lawn?

Visitors may bring their own chairs for use. Tables are allowed only with a permit from the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Are there bathrooms in Madison Square Park?

There are no bathrooms in the Park. There is a DOT owned restroom on Madison Avenue between E 23rd Street and E 24th Street.

Where are the water fountains?

There are water fountains at the fountain and reflecting pool. A child-friendly water fountain is located in the playground.

Where is Madison Square Garden?

While the first and second Madison Square Gardens were located on the north east corner of the Park, the current Madison Square Garden is located between 7th and 8th Avenues and between W 31st and W 32nd Streets.

Why can’t I feed the squirrels or birds?

Wildlife should be wild! By feeding the animals in the park, animals start to associate humans with food. They will become more aggressive and competitive. Introduced food can also lead to large, unstable populations and unhealthy diets and disease.

Am I allowed to ride by bicycle in the park?

Bicycle riding on park pathways is prohibited by the Department of Parks and Recreation’s rules and regulation.

How do I purchase a bench plaque?

To learn more about dedicating a bench in Mad. Sq. Park please contact our Development Manager, Andie, at