Central Park has begun releasing photos from the park in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and the damage is clearly substantial. Please remember: the park remains closed, and going inside will just make it more difficult on conservancy staff and police. The conservancy has hired contractors, helped by staff, to deal with the damage. They are climbing trees, chopping down limbs and trying to make the park safe for the ING Marathon Sunday. Among the trees that was destroyed is an 8,700-pound swamp white oak along the Mall.
Here’s the full photo gallery, and a statement from the conservancy:
“Hurricane Sandy has left serious damage in its wake, and we hope you’re all staying safe. Conservancy staff is hard at work clearing the transverse roads and paths, as well as pruning limbs from Fifth Avenue, Central Park West and the East Drive. Our current estimates show that approximately 250 mature trees are uprooted or compromised, and the number will increase as our staff is able to survey the Park’s interior. There has also been significant damage to the Park’s infrastructure, including benches, ballfields and fencing.
There’s a lot of work to be done in the Park to ensure safety and accessibility for all Park users and to have it ready for the ING NYC Marathon on Sunday. We ask everyone to help the Conservancy by staying out of the Park until further notice. The work we’re doing to clear storm debris can be dangerous. Please help us to work as quickly as possible by avoiding city parks, all of which are currently closed, until the damage is assessed and repaired. For the latest updates, follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
Repairs to Central Park are possible thanks to the support of our members. We truly thank those who support us.”
Photos via Central Park Conservancy.