Reservoir Running Track
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, offering breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. The Reservoir running track is also one of the Park’s most important locales for recreation and exercising because of its low-impact surface.
Beginning in Spring 2014, the Central Park Conservancy will embark on a significant renovation of the running track, which was last renovated by the Conservancy 15 years ago. Over the years, the track has eroded throughout many locations, leaving it rutted and uneven. Significant drainage issues means 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 will occur in sections in order to cause as little disruption as possible. Additionally, the surface of the Bridle Path is currently being repaired to offer exercisers an alternative.
The Reservoir running track renovation is a $3 million undertaking, and to date the Conservancy has raised $1.5 million towards this goal.