The 23-acre North Meadow has seven baseball and five softball fields, which become soccer and touch football fields every fall. But on a spring or summer afternoon, the fields are full of softball teams. It is the largest meadow in the Park. In the original competition for Central Park, designers were asked to include three areas for playing ball as the sport of baseball was gaining popularity in the 19th century. The winning park design called for fields at North Meadow, in the southwest corner of the Park, and at the site of what is now the Metropolitan Museum of Art The brick building to the south is the North Meadow Recreation Center, which is programmed by the Central Park Conservancy.
The brick building to the south is the North Meadow Recreation Center, which is run by the Central Park Conservancy. The Conservancy is central to the Park. From mowing lawns and pruning trees to rebuilding playgrounds and hosting events, the Conservancy keeps the Park clean and green.
Please note: Each winter, North 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 North Meadow will re-open in the spring, please visit the Alerts and Closures page or follow us on Twitter.
Mid-Park from 97th to 102nd Streets.