Originally published in the NY Destinations column on Examiner.com, May 12, 2010
You can camp out in Central Park this summer for free - and you won't even have to bring supplies!
The Urban Park Rangers have scheduled three nights of free camping in Central Park this summer: June 5, July 3, and August 7.
Photo Caption: Be an urban camper in Central Park this summer. Free camping (with free supplies) is available in public parks across New York City. Photo: Ed Yourdon/Wikimedia Commons
This is an amazing deal, given the high price of lodging in New York City.
The Urban Park Rangers will provide the tents and food. The only thing you'll have to bring is a sleeping bag and a sense of adventure!
You'll also earn bragging rights among your family and friends. How many people can say they spent the night in a New York City park, unscathed?
How to register
Only 30 spots are available per night, and demand will be high.
The Parks Department will assign camping spaces through a lottery. Winners will be "randomly generated by computer."
Visit the Urban Park Rangers' registration page to enter the lottery. Registration begins at midnight on the dates specified below, and is open for 24 hours.
For Central Park, the schedule is:
|CAMPING DATE ||REGISTRATION DATE |
|Saturday, June 5, 2010 ||Wednesday, May 26, 2010|
|Saturday, July 3, 2010 ||Wednesday, June 23, 2010|
|Saturday, August 7, 2010 ||Wednesday, July 28, 2010|
Camping in other parks
Supervised camping is also available in Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx.
In Manhattan, campers can register for a night at the Inwood Hill Nature Center on W 218 St. and Indian Rd.
Visit the Urban Park Ranger's website for a complete list of participating parks and registration dates.
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