Parks, Recreation & Youth Services

COVID-19 UPDATE: If you do plan on visiting a Broome County Park, we ask all visitors to:

  • Stay Local: Enjoy outdoor spaces close to home.  Keeping visits short. Avoiding traveling to high traffic destinations.

  • Go Small: Avoid crowds and groups. Go solo or with those in your immediate household.

  • Be Ready: Move quickly through areas where people may congregate such as parking lots, trailheads, and scenic overlooks.

  • Be Safe: Keep 6’ feet from others. If crowds are forming, choose a different park, a different trail or return another time/day to visit.

While enjoying outdoor spaces, please continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/State Department of Health (DOH) guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19:

  • Stay home if you are sick, or showing or feeling any COVID-19 symptoms, such as fever, coughing, and/or troubled breathing.
  • Practice social distancing by keeping at least six (6) feet of distance between yourself and others, even when outdoors;
  • Avoid close contact, such as shaking hands, hugging, or high-fives;
  • Wash hands often or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when soap and water are not available; and
  • Avoid unnecessary contact with surfaces that are often touched, such as doorknobs and handrails.

If you are sick or have had contact with someone who is sick in the last 14 days:

  • Stay home; and
  • Spend time in the backyard or other personal outdoor space. Do not visit public outdoor spaces.

Restrictions And Closures In Effect:

  • Playgrounds Athletic Courts and Sports Fields: Athletic Courts and Sports Field are OPEN and  will be restricted to groups of 50 or less. 

  • Pavilion/Shelters: Pavilions and shelters are open and we are now accepting NEW reservations. Limited to groups of 50 or less. 

  • Camping: Camping is open and  we are accepting new reservations. 

  • Swimming:  Swimming is open at both Nathaniel Cole Park, Dorchester Park, and Greenwood Park. Hours of Operation: Monday-Sunday 11:00 a.m- 7:30 p.m.

  • Boat Rentals: Boat Rentals are OPEN. Boat Rental will be available Thursday- Sunday from 11:00 a.m.- 7:30 p.m at Nathaniel Cole Park. Greenwood Park and Dorchester Park Boat Rentals are open Monday-Sunday  from 11:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

  • Concessions: Concessions at will remain closed at both Nathaniel Cole Park and Greenwood Park until further notice. 


    Serving a population of over 200,000 people, Broome County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Youth Services oversees and maintains Nathaniel Cole Park (Town of Colesville), Dorchester Park (Town of Triangle), Greenwood Park (Town of Nanticoke); Grippen Park and Roundtop Picnic Area (both in the Village of Endicott),  Hawkins Pond Nature Area (Town of Windsor), and Otsiningo Park (Town of Dickinson.)

    These facilities provide diverse, year-round recreational opportunities. Annually, over 2 million visitors enjoy beaches, picnic areas and picnic shelters, play structures, a family campground, boating, miles of trails for walking, biking or cross-country skiing, and much more. Broome County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Youth Services also maintains AquaTerra Wilderness Area (466 undeveloped acres in the Town Of Binghamton), and the Community Garden Plots at Otsiningo Park (VINES), Softball fields, soccer fields, and sand volleyball courts are available for organized teams and general public use.

    Free events, which include  "Broome Bands Together" concerts, the Annual Spiedie Fest & Balloon Rally, the Broome County Parks Triathlon and untimed Youth Triathlon, Broome County Parks Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat4th Annual Broome County Parks Scarecrow Display and ContestAlmost-Annual Crappie Derby, and Winterfest are a few of the special events held each year. Nature trails at five Broome County Parks' facilities are participants in the Wegman's "Hit the Trail Passport " program.  

    PLEASE NOTE: Concessions will be closed until further notice.

    Beach Hours: Monday -Sunday 11:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

    Boathouse Hours:  Nathaniel Cole Park: Thursday- Sunday 11:00 a.m.-7:30 p.m. 

    Dorchester Park & Greenwood Park: Monday- Sunday 11:00 a.m. -7:30 p.m. *Last Rental 6:30 p.m.- weather permitting* 

    Nathaniel Cole Park and Greenwood Park Concession Stand Hours: 11:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. (Closed until further notice)

    All Broome County Parks are open all year round from 8:00 a.m. - Dusk

    Reservations for picnic shelters* and campsites: 

    *Listed as "Group Picnic Area" on Reserve America

    Administrative Guidelines, Rules & General Information

    Broome County Parks Guide 

    General Regulation Guidelines 

    2019 Broome County Parks, Recreation and Youth Services Annual Report


    Thank you for keeping the air fresh for everyone in Broome County Parks.

    Broome County Parks are smoke-free, except in the parking lots.

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