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Rent the Carousel for All Children and Greenbelt Nature Center for Your Gathering

Celebrate in the Greenbelt

You are cordially invited to host a family party, reunion, corporate gathering or community event


The Greenbelt Nature Center is a handsome 5,400 square-foot single-story brick building that stands in harmony with its natural surroundings. It is designed in the architectural style of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Nestled among native species gardens, with the Greenbelt woodlands as its backdrop, the Nature Center is available to rent for your private affair.  Conveniently located in the heart of Staten Island, the Nature Center provides parking for 40 cars, is accessible by public transportation and is sure to provide a memorable experience for your guests.

An inviting front lawn and secluded stone terrace overlooking woodlands allows options for your guests to enjoy the outdoors.  Tents, if desired, are to be supplied by renter.  For details click here.

Celebrate at the Carousel for all Children in Willowbrook Park  – Available May – Columbus Day 


The magnificent Carousel for All Children in the Greenbelt’s Willowbrook Park provides a beautiful and unique backdrop for your family, community or corporate event.  There are two options for renting the carousel – exclusive, a private rental when the Carousel is closed to the public and non-exclusive, which is during regular operating hours.

Best of all, whenever you rent the Carousel, you and your guests will enjoy unlimited rides on the Victorian-inspired carousel for the duration of your party!  For details click here.

SPECIAL EVENT PERMITS FROM  NEW YORK CITY PARKS (for large gatherings in public areas of the Greenbelt)

The Greenbelt is a great place to gather for a family or school picnic or scout hike.  If your group is larger than 25, a special event permit from the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation is required.   This permit does not apply for those renting the Carousel or Nature Center from the Greenbelt Conservancy.  A permit is required for outdoor public spaces.

Click here for more information on obtaining a park permit, or call:  (718) 667-3545.