The Central Park Reservoir is expected to get an upgrade this summer, and runners will be re-routed to the bridle path next to the reservoir. The track is set to be re-surfaced, with modifications to improve drainage. “We’ll work on the running track in sections so that your workout is affected as little as possible.”
The conservancy says wear and tear has worn down the track, known officially as the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir. The new path is expected to be made up of crushed stone, like the current one (we’re clarifying this with the conservancy).
“The track was last repaired in 1999. Since then, the impact of millions of visitors has caused the track to erode in various locations, leaving it rutted and uneven. Rainwater regularly pools on the track, exacerbating the damage.
As part of the project, the track will be repaved to address surface conditions and drainage, and the crew responsible for maintaining the track will be expanded to sustain the improvements.
Renovation work will occur in sections to cause as little disruption to visitor activity as possible. Runners will be diverted to the nearby bridle path, the surface of which has been prepared in anticipation of the increase in use.”
The renovation will:
- Repave the entire track
- Improve drainage of water from its surface
- Expand the crew responsible for maintaining the track in order to sustain the improvements
It’s expected to cost $3 million and donations are being accepted to help fund it.
Re: “…and runners will be re-routed to the bridal path….”
Hold your horses! The correct spelling is: “BRIDLE PATH”, a route set aside for horseback riding.
A “Bridal Path” would be a place for brides to stroll.
Of course, some brides (especially in the “Flyover States”) DO resemble horses….so these could use either path.
“Flyover states” Have you ever been to Long Island?
Zing. You win, Stan. Avi
They’re really paving the reservoir? With tar? Or just resurfacing it with the same old soft stuff? It would be great to clarify.
We hear it will be crushed stone, just like now. Avi
It would be nice if they put up better signage to direct tourists to walk in the correct direction.
Considering it hasn’t been a part of the city’s water system in 20 years, They should open up the reservoir to boating/canoeing.