Bethesda Terrace


Bethesda Terrace is considered the heart of Central Park. In their original plan, Park designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux envisioned a sweeping Promenade (the Mall) that led to a grand terrace overlooking the Lake. The magnificent carvings represent the four seasons and, on the side facing the Mall, the times of day.

Today, Central Park Conservancy employs a sculptor to care for the sandstone carvings and sculpture and a zone gardener and their crew to take care of the landscapes. In the summer, aquatic plantings such as water lilies and lotus are placed in the fountain, reviving a 19th century tradition.

NOTE:  Parts of Bethesda Terrace will be closed Sunday, June 7 – Thursday, June 11 for a Central Park Conservancy fundraising event.  Barricades and signs will direct visitors around the closed areas. 

Below are the days and times when specific areas will close and reopen.


Closure Begins

Area Reopens

Bethesda Terrace, south and east sides of the fountain

Sunday, June 7, 8:00 pm

Friday, June 12, 9 am

Bethesda Terrace Arcade

Tuesday, June 9, 11:00 am  

Friday, June 12, 9 am

Bethesda restrooms

Wednesday, June 10, 2:30 pm

Wednesday, June 10, 11:00 pm

Bethesda Terrace – entire area

Wednesday, June 10, 5:00

Wednesday, June 10, 11:00 pm

Bethesda restrooms

Thursday, June 11, 12:00 pm

Thursday, June 11, 8:00 pm



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