14 Things to Look Forward to in 2014 in Central Park
1. Winter fun at Cedar Hill
2. Running around the Park drives
3. Exploring the Park's woodlands
4. Cherry blossoms at the Reservoir
5. More spring blooms throughout the Park, like the flame azalea seen here.
6. Playing at rebuilt and improved playgrounds
7. Picnicking at Sheep Meadow
8. Watching classic films at your favorite outdoor theater
9. Working out in your favorite outdoor gym
10. Birding in the Ramble
11. Lending a hand in the Park (we're always looking for more volunteers!)
12. Taking it easy with a book at East Meadow
13. Doing something new in your "backyard"
14. Spending time with your family
Winter fun at Cedar Hill This winter has already seen some snowfall, and if past years are any indication, there's probably more to come. When the Park is snow-covered, hundreds of New Yorkers head to Cedar Hill, one of the best places in the Park for sledding, snowman making, and snowball fights.
Running around the Park drives Seasoned and novice runners alike enjoy the Park drives. Whether you complete the full 6.5-mile loop from Central Park South to 110th Street, or run a shorter distance through the cross drives, a run around the Park beats staring at buttons on a treadmill.
Exploring the Park's woodlands The Park is intended to be a peaceful escape from urban life, and no areas in the Park do that better than its 80 acres of woodlands. The Ramble and North Woods provide some of the most peaceful getaways in the City.
Cherry blossoms at the Reservoir Each year, Central Park bursts in pink and white clouds of cherry blossoms. Perhaps the best spot to view this April spectacle is just west of the Reservoir, where Kwanzan cherry trees form billowing arches of pink flowers.
More spring blooms throughout the Park The Conservancy's Horticulture Team plans all year for a diverse spring bloom to delight visitors. Familiar flowers, like tulips and daffodils, will be back, blooming all over the Park. Joining them will be hundreds of other horticultural events. Rhododendron Mile (inside the Park between East 86th and 96th Streets), reconstructed in 2012 by the Conservancy, will bloom with its namesake. Redbuds will bloom in pockets around the Park, with particular density between 86th and 90th Streets. Our planting urns at Bethesda Terrace and Bow Bridge will be replanted each season with a new display. For more information about blooms around the Park, use our members-only Bloom Guide.
Playing at rebuilt and improved playgrounds Over the next few years, the Conservancy will reconstruct or enhance every one of the Park's 21 playgrounds as part our Central Play campaign. In 2013, we completely rebuilt the East 110th Street Playground and Tarr-Coyne Tots Playground at West 68th Street. If you have kids, you know what big difference a great playground can make. In 2014, we'll continue our work to make sure every playground in the Park is state-of-the-art.
Picnicking at Sheep Meadow Nothing says warm weather in New York City like a bustling, sunny day at Sheep Meadow. Whether you've prepared a full meal or just brought some cheese and crackers, Sheep Meadow is one of the best places in the Park to enjoy a picnic.
Watching classic films at your favorite outdoor theater The Central Park Conservancy Film Festival will return this summer for its 12th season. Last year, it was People's Park, People's Choice as viewers selected the movies shown at the Festival. Check back this summer to see which movies we're showing this year.
Working out in your favorite outdoor gym It's New Year's resolution season. Before you commit to a gym membership, try working out in the Park. There's no commitment to join our outdoor gym, no membership card, and no fees. Looking for inspiration to get started? Check out the Central Park Circuit Official Workout (PDF).
Birding in the Ramble Did you know that its strategic location along the Atlantic Flyway makes Central Park one of the best places in the northeast region for bird watching? Over 275 species of birds have been spotted in the Park. With dense tree growth, the Ramble and North Woods are favorite locations of birders in the Park. The Conservancy offers birding programs several times a year, and we'll lend you binoculars daily at Belvedere Castle. Learn more about these offers on our birding page.
Lending a hand in the Park We're always looking for more volunteers to help keep Central Park inviting and looking great. Learn more about volunteer opportunities here.
Taking it easy with a book at East Meadow Completed in 2011, East Meadow was the last of the Park's major lawns to be restored by the Central Park Conservancy. Grab a book and head over to this peaceful lawn, often less crowded than Sheep Meadow or the Great Lawn further south.
Spending time with your family Central Park is a great place to connect with the people you love. Every day in the Park provides a place to spend quality time with your family. The Conservancy offers family programs all year, focused on getting outside, getting active, and learning about nature. Check out our calendar for a full list of programs and events each day in the Park.
As one of the Conservancy's five visitor centers, parkgoers can find information on Park events and programs at the Dairy. Maps, guides and gifts are also available, all of which support the Conservancy’s mission.