After a major restoration project, the Central Park Reservoir track will reopen next week with a ceremony and a ceremonial inaugural run. The Central Park Conservancy has been working on the track in sections, so that runners were able to run on different portions of the track and then had to transfer to the bridle path below at certain sections. The conservancy is holding a brief opening ceremony Wednesday.
“It’s one of the most scenic spots to exercise in New York City, and now, after a complete restoration, the 1.58-mile Reservoir running track is ready to welcome runners back. Over the past year Central Park Conservancy has overseen an upgrade that corrected chronic erosion and drainage issues resulting from years of wear and tear on the popular loop. Working in phases so people could still enjoy their run, the Conservancy put the finishing touches on the project this week. In addition to improvements to the track surface, the Conservancy has added a dedicated track crew to help maintain the area and additional signage and to keep the traffic flowing smoothly. The track will be re-named the Stephanie and Fred Shuman Running Track in honor of the Shumans’ generous donation that provided significant funding for the reconstruction project and will also be supporting the long term operations maintenance of the site. The Shumans will also be on hand for the event.”