This pastoral meadow just off of Fifth Avenue is a popular spot to relax and picnic. In the warmer months, the lush green lawn is dotted with sunbathers and picnic blankets. The East Meadow also possesses some of the finest specimen trees in the Park; including an American Elm that is believed to be one of the original Park plantings.
Given its location between the East 96th Street and the Robert Bendheim playgrounds, and its designated play areas for small children, the East Meadow is a popular destination for families.
The East Meadow was restored in 2011 as the final phase of the Conservancy’s effort to restore all of Central Park’s major lawns.
Please note: Each winter, East Meadow closes for the season. This allows our turf crew to provide much-needed care for the landscape, ensuring that it will be ready for the influx of visitors come spring. For specific information about when East Meadow will re-open in the spring, please visit the Alerts and Closures page or follow us on Twitter.
East Side from 97th to 100th Street