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The Pond



The Pond is one of Central Parks seven naturalistic water bodies. When Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux designed Central Park, they imagined an immediate reprieve from the City's streets. The Pond became a serene escape, just feet from Fifth Avenue. Despite the millions of visitors who walk by the waters edge each year, there is still a sense of solitude, particularly on the western arm bordering Hallett Nature Sanctuary. Hallett is a fenced-in, wooded promontory that juts into the Pond.

Behind Hallett's enclosures is a 3.5-acre ecosystem that mimics the wild, where small animals and birds can thrive in a secluded habitat. The Central Park Conservancy completed a reconstruction of the Pond in 2001, which included new shoreline and perimeter plantings, an island habitat for birds and turtles, a series of small pools and spillways, a cascade, and a series of seasonal floral displays at the edge of the large lawn.

If you're like many of Central Park’s visitors you may have wondered (and even asked us) "Where do the ducks go in winter?" Ducks can survive the cold and remain in Central Park as long as there is open water and they can feed on plants beneath the water’s surface. If water bodies freeze over, the waterfowl migrate south. It's uncommon for water bodies to completely freeze over today, so migration doesn't happen very often.

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Near: South End


Central Park South between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

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