Sunnyside Gardens Park

Sunnyside Gardens Park is a three and a half acre private park situated in historic Sunnyside Gardens, New York. Created in 1926 and operated solely by the community and its members, the park remains a place where people of all ages and backgrounds meet, play, socialize, and generate what is most important in any neighborhood: a sense of community. 

The Park offers expansive grounds and facilities, which include a grass playing field, running track, clay tennis courts, basketball courts, swing and sand play areas for small children, sprinklers, and one of the last remaining picnic groves left in New York City. The park is used for a variety of sports programs for children including T-ball, soccer, basketball, tennis and others.  There are several fun and cultural events throughout the year that are open to the community at-large.

Park membership is open to anyone living within the Sunnyside Gardens zones. For more information Contact us at or call (718) 672-1555

Park hours are 10:00am to Sunset


  • February 27, 2017 9:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear Members,

    It’s that time of year when the board gets to work. We are rolling up our sleeves, doing our research, and working together to get the park ready for the warmer months. If we listen to “Staten Island Chuck” we will be seeing spring sooner and the board is ready. I’m very thankful for this team of dedicated members and the work they have already put in.

    The moment we told a friend that Christine and I were “expecting”, I was instructed, “You must join Sunnyside Gardens Park - and don’t skip out on your volunteer hours!” I took this advice and went down the next day to sign up. Since that day, we have truly enjoyed the park, all it has to offer, and the community that is its core. Over the years I have volunteered at the Out of School BBQ, been a member of the Pool Committee, started and chaired the Chili Bowl and chaired the Camp Out. I have made great friends and feel lucky to have found this very special place. The community is what makes Sunnyside Gardens Park such a unique place. We are a small village inside one of the largest cities in the world.

    I am looking forward to a great year building on the park’s history of community while improving the health and beauty of its grounds. I will work with my fellow Board Members to remain focused on the completion of projects that will be valuable to the park and its members.

    I would like to take this opportunity to officially introduce our wonderful 2017 Board Members: 

    Kate Mitchell, Vice President

    Ali Kocabas, Treasurer

    Alan Baglia, Secretary

    Jamie Sweetman, Park Manager

    I would also like to announce the following Zone Representatives who have dedicated themselves to three-year terms:

    Zone 1: Thomas Farnham, Jeremy Kareken, Ryan Shannon

    Zone 2: Andy Bichler, Kathleen Nesdale, John O’Sullivan

    Zone 3: Soja Bobraw, Dorothy Cavallo, Maryann Joyce

    Phipps Management Rep: Angie Anderson

    Homeowners Rep: Stephen Cooper

    I would also like to recognize the park staff for their continued hard work in keeping the park a safe and fun place for members to enjoy.

    Lastly, I would like to thank the previous board for all of their great work and help transitioning knowledge from the previous year.

    Thank you for the opportunity to represent the interests of Sunnyside Gardens Park. It has been a rough winter but spring will be here soon! That means a great new season with all of our park friends.


    James W. Ricciardella (A.K.A “Nina’s Dad”)

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