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Alerts & Closures


Check this page for updates on major disruptions and scheduled closures in Central Park. Please note that some areas of the Park close due to weather conditions. You can also follow us on Twitter for updates.


Until further notice

Algae Bloom Advisory

Monday, September 25, 2017  to  Wednesday, November 15, 2017

All Day

Ancient Playground - Closed for safety surface replacement

Friday, September 29, 2017  to  Friday, December 1, 2017

West 67th Street entrance is closed for construction until December 2017. Please use either the East 64th or East 69th Street entrances.

Monday, October 23, 2017  to  Sunday, April 1, 2018

East 108th Street / Bernard Family Playground is closed for construction until Spring 2018

Sunday, October 29, 2017

6:00 am - 12:00 pm

Race: NYRR Poland Spring Marathon Kickoff (5M)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017  to  Wednesday, November 8, 2017

West Drive, South of 72nd Street Closed to Vehicle Traffic
  • Closures and Affected Areas: The West Drive south of 72nd Street is closed to vehicle traffic from Monday, October 31 at 10:00 am until Wednesday, November 9 at 8:00 am because of NYC Marathon activities. Bicyclists should dismount and walk bicycles from West 72nd Street until they are past Tavern on the Green. The 72nd Street cross drive will remain open daily from 8:00 am - 10:00 am, as usual. Motor vehicles will exit the park at 72nd Street and Central Park West.
  • More Information: www.centralparknyc.org/events/individual-events/marathon.html

Friday, November 3, 2017

4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

TCS New York City Marathon Opening Ceremony Parade and Fireworks

Friday, November 3, 2017

All day

Cherry Hill Closed for Marathon Opening Ceremony Fireworks

Saturday, November 4, 2017

8:30 am - 11:00 am

Abbott Dash to the Finish Line 5K

Sunday, November 5, 2017

All day

Race: TCS New York City Marathon
  • Closures and Affected Areas: The following areas are closed to all visitors: Central Park West perimeter sidewalk from 59th Street to 85th Street; West Drive from 59th Street to 85th Street; East Drive from 59th Street to 90th Street; all of Center Drive from the 6th Avenue and 59th Street entrance; 66th Street Transverse Road, 79th Street Transverse Road, 96th Street Transverse Road. The 86th Street Transverse Road will remain open.
  • More Information: www.tcsnycmarathon.org/plan-your-race/run-in-2016

Saturday, November 18, 2017

6:00 am - 12:00 pm

Race: NYRR NYC 60K

Sunday, November 19, 2017

6:00 am - 12:00 pm

Race: NYRR Race to Deliver 4M

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

3:30 pm

Visitor Centers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

All day

Thankgiving Day
  • Closures and Affected Areas: Visitor Centers closed; drives closed to vehicle traffic

Thursday, November 23, 2017

6:00 am - 11:30 am

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • Closures and Affected Areas: Central Park West Entrances will be closed from 59th Street at 6th Avenue to 85th Street at Central Park West until 1:00 pm.
  • More Information: macys.com/parade

Tuesday, November 28, 2017  to  Sunday, December 24, 2017

All day

Columbus Circle Holiday Market

Sunday, December 24, 2017

3:30 pm

Visitor Centers

Monday, December 25, 2017

All day

Christmas

Sunday, December 31, 2017

8:00 pm - 1:00 am

Strawberry Fields, Naumburg Bandshell, Bethesda Fountain, and East and West 72nd Street entrances
  • Closures and Affected Areas: Strawberry Fields, Naumburg Bandshell, Bethesda Fountain, and East and West 72nd Street entrances are closed for fireworks. Park visitors are subject to security screening; allow extra time to enter the Park.
  • More Information: www.centralparknyc.org/visit/

Sunday, December 31, 2017

All day

Cherry Hill and Bow Bridge

Sunday, December 31, 2017

7:00 pm - 1:00 am

Race: NYRR Midnight Run