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 reconstruct the Reservoir Running Track in spring 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. Multiple drainage issues have resulted in rainwater regularly pooling on the track and exacerbating that damage.
As part of the reconstruction, the track will be repaved and a new metal edge on the inner curb will be introduced to sustain the new surface.
Reconstruction work will occur in sections to cause as little disruption to visitor activity as possible. Runners will be diverted to the nearby bridle path, which is currently being rebuilt in anticipation of the increase in use.
The project cost of the Reservoir Running Track reconstruction is $3 million.
85th Street to 96th Street, from east to west.