Johnson City Parks & Recreation
243 Main Street
Johnson City, New York 13790
Office Hours: 6:00am – 2:30pm
Phone: (607) 797-3031
Fax: (607) 798-9553
Please help control vandalism by immediately reporting any misuse of any parks property to the Parks Dept. at 797-3031 or the JC Police Dept. at 729-9321.
All parks are open from 9am – sunset. The carousel and spray park at CFJ Park are open from 4pm – 8pm (weather permitting) on Monday – Fridays and from 12pm – 8pm on Saturdays & Sundays from Memorial Day through the end of June. From the end of June through Labor Day weekend the hours are 12pm – 8pm everyday.
The swimming pool at Floral Avenue Park is open from 4pm – 6pm (weather permitting) on Monday – Fridays and from 12pm – 6pm on Saturdays & Sundays from Memorial Day through the end of June. From the end of June through Labor Day weekend the hours are 12pm – 6pm everyday.
If you are interested in reserving a pavilion at one of the Village parks, please complete a request form. It is suggested that those looking to reserve a pavilion please call the DPW Office at 797-3031 to make sure your date is available before submitting your form.
96 – 104 Baker St., Johnson City, NY
The Baker Street park is a small neighborhood park located on Baker Street in the Village.
475 Boland Drive, Johnson City, NY
Boland Park is a neighborhood park along the banks of the Susquehanna River. This park contains playground equipment, a basketball court, practice fields for softball and soccer and a picnic pavilion.
98 CFJ Blvd., Johnson City, NY
HOURS OF OPERATION - The carousel and spray park at CFJ Park are open from 4pm - 8pm (weather permitting) on Monday - Fridays and from 12pm - 8pm on Saturdays & Sundays from Memorial Day through the end of June. From the end of June through Labor Day weekend the hours are 12pm - 8pm everyday.
Located at the corner of CFJ Blvd. and Lester Avenue, CFJ Park, named for Charles F. Johnson, the brother of George F. Johnson, was created in 1923 for the enjoyment of the Endicott-Johnson employees and the Johnson City Community. Our magnificent carousel was a gift to the children of Johnson City from George F. Johnson. In addition to the carousel, this park features a spray park, little league and softball field with lights, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, playground equipment, 3 picnic pavilions and restroom facilities.
Carousel Day – Carousel Day is an annual event sponsored by the Johnson City Partners, a non-profit organization comprised of neighborhood residents, business & property owners, representatives of non-profit and faith-based organizations, all working together for the economic revitalization of the Johnson City Downtown Business District.
Lights on the Carousel – Visit us at the carousel on the 3 Fridays & Saturdays in December preceding Christmas from 5pm – 8pm to see the carousel decorated for the holidays! Children can visit with Santa and enjoy a rare winter carousel ride. Decked out in lights and decorations, the Carousel takes on a magic all its own!
George F. Johnson donated six carousels to the Triple Cities between 1919 and 1934. There are fewer than 170 antique carousels remaining in the United States and Canada. All were built by the well-known carousel maker Allan Herschell and contain wood-carved figures. Each summer they are open to the public to ride for free. The largest and most ornate of these carousels is located in CFJ Park.
The Village is proud to be a custodian of one of the only 19 remaining Allan Herschell Carousels in the world. The largest of the Broome County collection and one of the largest in the country, with 72 horses, our carousel is an example of one of the only three Allan Herschell Company’s four abreast models still operating in the entire country. The beautiful wooden, hand carved horses are called “jumpers” because the figures jump up and down as the carousel spins around on its platform. The carousel is still in its original location in CFJ Park. The Village of Johnson City purchased the park on July 17, 1968.
In 1992 we were honored to have our carousel, along with Broome County’s 5 other carousels, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1993 the horses, scenic panels and rounding boards were restored. In 2010 the building housing the carousel was completely restored. The restoration of the carousel building was partially funded with a grant from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation Environmental Protection Fund and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funds from the Town of Union.
“Let me tell you this, if anything has been done for you that has made you a bit happier, hand it on to somebody else just as soon as you can. That’s the way to keep square with the world. And now look. In that big park…there’s a merry-go-round...Help yourselves.” - George F. Johnson, 1934
200 Floral Avenue, Johnson City, NY
Floral Avenue Park, the oldest park owned and operated by the Village of Johnson City is located on the south side of the Village. The land for the park was purchased from the Floral Avenue Cemetery Association in 1934. The cemetery is adjacent to the park on the south and east sides. Unlike CFJ Park, it was originally owned and operated by the Village. The reason given for the development of the park was concern by George F. Johnson for children crossing Main Street to get to CFJ Park. Originally, the park contained a shoe shaped wading pool linking its development to the shoe company.
This park features a wading pool, basketball, tennis and volleyball courts, a softball field, playground equipment and restroom facilities.
Photo of the shoe-shaped pool (circa 1935)
320 Harry L. Drive, Johnson City, NY
Located at the corner of Harry L. Drive and North Hudson Street, Northside Park is often mistakenly reffered to as Greenfield Park or Greensfield Park. The park area between Harry L. Drive and the service road, which splits the land into 2 parcels, is Northside Park and is owned by the Village. The area between the service road and NYS Route 17 is Green Field Park (correct name) and is owned by the Johnson City Central School District.
Northside Park features a wading pool, playground equipment, a basketball court, picnic pavilions, Little League & Pony League fields and restroom facilities.
Northside Park sustaintained a great deal of damage in the June 2006 flood and again in the September 2011 flood and required extensive repairs and renovations. Thanks to a generous grant of $25,000 from Lowe's for materials, BOCES students and their instructors rebuilt the concession stands, dugouts and other structures at the park. Lowe's employees also provided many hours of volunteer labor, working with the students to complete the job in time for the spring sports season. On May 30, 2012, students from Broome-Tioga BOCES career education programs met with representatives from Lowe's, officials from the Village of Johnson City, and the Johnson City School District to cut the ribbon reopening the park. The Village of Johnson City extends its great appreciation to BOCES and Lowe’s for all of their efforts in rebuilding our park!
The Johnson City Fire Department Headquartes are located within Northside Park on the corner of Harry L. Drive and North Hudson Street.
JC Field Days - Northside Park is also the home of the annual Johnson City Field Days, the area’s largest Labor Day celebration. 2016 marks the 49th year of the event which originally began as part of the Village’s 75th Anniversary Celebration. Since then, the event has expanded to 4 days of food, rides games and fireworks celebrating the end of summer. This event is a long standing tradition in the JC Community that offers an inexpensive and fun way for families to celebrate the end of summer while at the same time supporting local non-profit groups. Proceeds from the event benefit the local non-profit organizations participating in the Field Days. The Field Days are organized by the Johnson City Celebration Committee, a volunteer organization. The Celebration Committee donates excess funds back to the community in various ways which in the past has included donations to the Veterans Park Gazebo Project, sponsorship funds for the annual JCHS Musical, funds to bring the Rachel’s Challenge Presentation to the Johnson City High School, purchasing holiday decorations for Main Street & donating funds for countless upgrades for Village park equipment & supplies.
21 St. John Parkway, Johnson City, NY
Virginia Avenue Park is a neighborhood park that is located behind St. John’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church. There is a small playground area, bathroom facilities and 2 softball fields with a concession stand.
The following rules must be followed by all visitors to parks in the Village of Johnson City. Failure to comply may result in the loss of use of the park, fines and possible criminal and legal action.
No person shall:
Disposal of rubbish, garbage, sewage and noxious materials.
Weapons and explosives.
Harassment of others.
No person shall, with intent to cause public inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof:
No person shall commit, perform or engage in any lewd, lascivious, obscene or indecent act or behavior.
Advertising, signs and commercial enterprises.
No person shall:
Compliance with orders of Director; setting of regulations.
Camps and camping.
Entry after hours.
No person shall be permitted to enter or remain within the confines of the park or other park facilities after closing hours or before opening hours as set and established from time to time by the Director.
Hunting and fishing.
No person shall bring or release any animal into or upon any park or park facility.
Certain toys/items of amusement prohibited.
No person shall use any metal detector within the confines of the park.
Alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and illegal substances.
Hours of closing.
No person is permitted to remain, stop or park within the confines of any park or park facility between the hours of sunset and sunrise. In case of an emergency or when, in the judgment of the Director, the public interest demands it, a portion of the park may be closed to the public or designated persons until permission is given to reopen.