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 reopened the Reservoir running track on May 27, 2015 after completing extensive renovations. The Conservancy last renovated the track 15 years before that time. Over the years, the track had eroded in many locations, leaving it rutted and uneven. Significant drainage issues meant that rainwater regularly pooled on the track and exacerbated the damage. As part of the renovation, the track was completely reconstructed with a new inner curb to address these chronic issues, and provide for the lasting success of the project.
Renovation work was conducted 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 cost $3 million, which was privately raised by Central Park Conservancy.