Reservoir Running Track Renovation


The Reservoir is famed for the 1.58-mile running track that encircles the 106-acre body of water. Spanning almost the entire width of the Park and running from 86th to 96th Streets, it offers breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. The Reservoir running track is also one of the Park’s most important areas for recreation and exercise because of its low-impact surface.

Central Park Conservancy has embarked on a significant renovation of the running track, which the Conservancy last renovated 15 years ago. Over the years, the track has eroded in many locations, leaving it rutted and uneven. Significant drainage issues mean that rainwater regularly pools on the track and exacerbates the damage. As part of the renovation, the track will be completely reconstructed with a new inner curb to address these chronic issues, and provide for the lasting success of the project.

Renovation work is taking place in sections to cause as little disruption as possible. Additionally, the surface of the Bridle Path was repaired to offer exercisers an alternative.

The track is a designated walking and running area. Walk or run one way in a counter-clockwise direction, and use caution when taking photos. Note: Dogs, bicycles, and baby carriages/strollers are not permitted on the Reservoir Track.

The Reservoir running track renovation is a $3 million undertaking, which was privately raised by Central Park Conservancy.

To learn more and to support Central Park Conservancy, please contact Katherine Carey at kcarey@centralparknyc.org or 212-310-6611 or click here to donate.