If the reservoir in Central Park looks a little shallower than usual these days, it’s no optical illusion. The city is draining eight feet of water as part of a larger project to upgrade the water valves.
The city will also be blocking off a portion of the reservoir on the West side of the oval near 95th Street, forcing runners to detour onto the nearby bridle path. The reservoir, known as the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, stretches from 86th to 96th Street. The work is expected to start in April, and the water will be restored to its prior level by August.
The reservoir no longer supplies the city’s drinking water.
Correction: we initially reported incorrectly that the running path would be diverted near 85th Street.