The Cherry Hill Concourse (map) has reopened just in time for summer visits! Originally built as a scenic carriage turnaround with the fountain at its center functioning as a watering trough for horses, the restored Concourse reasserts the site's historic status as one of the best places in Central Park to view the 20-acre Lake. The view is framed by new plantings that envelope the Concourse and hug its nearby paths. For years, the Concourse has stood apart from its bucolic surroundings (it was even striped as a formal parking lot in the 1960s and 70s). The restored site's simpler design complements and celebrates the surrounding landscapes by focusing a visitor's attention on the beauty of Central Park. Benches around the Concourse offer pleasant opportunities to relax and appreciate the Lake.
Stylistically rooted in Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux's 19th century vision for the site, the new Concourse is built from environmentally-friendly materials brand new to Central Park. The Concourse is surfaced with permeable pavement that absorbs water into the Park, relieving the Park's storm drains. The Concourse's new sloped curb was cut from granite stones salvaged from the site, recycling existing materials. An irrigation system has also been installed.
The reconstruction of the Cherry Hill Concourse represents the last major part of the Conservancy's five-year restoration of the Lake. The Concourse, and the rest of Central Park, is open every day from 6 am to 1 am. Cherry Hill is located mid-Park at 72nd Street west of Bethesda Terrace.