Reservoir Running Track
Featuring an unsurpassed view of nearly 100 acres of water and the Manhattan skyline, this 1.58-mile track loops around the Reservoir and is one of the most iconic running spots in the entire world.
It wasn’t always this popular, or as beautiful. Until 2003, the view of the Reservoir and cityscape was obscured by a seven-foot-high chain-link fence. The Central Park Conservancy restored the original fence after scuba divers discovered a piece of it in the Reservoir, commissioning a steel replica with cast-iron ornamentation. At just four feet high, the new fence allows for improved views and a better experience for runners and visitors.
The running track spans almost the entire width of the Park, and reaches from 86th Street to 96th Street. For more information on upcoming projects involving the Reservoir Running Track, please see below.
The Central Park Conservancy will begin to renovate the Reservoir Running Track by early summer 2014 to fix existing issues and improve one of runners' favorite spots in New York City.
The track was last repaired in 1999. Since then, the impact of millions of visitors has caused the track to erode in various locations, leaving it rutted and uneven. Rainwater regularly pools on the track, exacerbating the damage.
As part of the project, the track will be repaved to address surface conditions and drainage, and the crew responsible for maintaining the track will be expanded to sustain the improvements.
Renovation work will occur in sections to cause as little disruption to visitor activity as possible. Runners will be diverted to the nearby bridle path, the surface of which has been prepared in anticipation of the increase in use.
The project cost of the Reservoir Running Track renovation is $3 million.
Around the Reservoir 85th Street to 96th Street, from east to west.