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.