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The Southwest Corner

Southwest Corner

The Central Park Conservancy is restoring the Southwest Corner of Central Park. This site is anchored by Merchants' Gate at Columbus Circle, which is the most heavily used entrance to the Park with nearly 4 million visitors annually (or 10% of total Park visitors).

The scope of the project will encompass the approximately 12 acres between the Park perimeter and the Drive, from Central Park South and 7th Avenue to Central Park West and 66th Street. Currently, the lawns suffer from overuse, compaction, erosion and off-path circulation; the perimeter sidewalk and plaza are in need of repair and restoration; the landscapes are underdeveloped; the site lacks an irrigation system; and the restroom is not ADA-accessible and has limited seasonal access.

Scope of Work
The scope of work for this project consists of three areas:

    • Installation of irrigation infrastructure to maintain both restored and new lawns and landscapes
    • Reconstruction of paths for accessibility and improved visitor experience
    • Reconstruction of curbs for storm water diversion and landscape protection
    • Restoration of eroded lawns through re-grading and the establishment of new turf
    • Planting of new groundcover, understory shrubs and small trees throughout the landscape
    • Establishing seasonal landscape plantings at entrances, along perimeter wall and around arches
    • Installation of new site furnishings, including benches and drinking fountains, throughout the site
    Perimeter (W60th – W62nd Streets)
    • Replacement of existing pavements and curbs, reconstructing pedestrian ramps, and installing new benches.
    Comfort Station
    • Renovate comfort station exterior and interior, upgrade utilities for an all-weather facility, and make the restroom universally accessible.

The Southwest Corner initiative is a $5 million undertaking.

To learn more, please contact Jane McIntosh at jmcintosh@centralparknyc.org or 212-310-6641.