New York City Parks, including Central Park, allow for the scattering of cremated remains on its land. However, cremated remains must be fine and must be scattered to complete dispersal.

You must follow these rules:

  • Do not scatter remains on playgrounds, athletic fields, restricted areas, developed facilities, hard surfaces, or heavily trafficked areas.
  • Do not scatter remains in a body of water without permission from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
  • Do not leave monuments, memorials, plaques, photos, flowers, or any other markers at the site of cremated remains.

Learn more about rules and requests for scattering ceremonies.

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