Since it was first enclosed in 1919, water leakage has caused problems at the Castle. Poor drainage and waterproofing led to leaks and damage that worsened in the past few decades. It became necessary for the Conservancy to invest in waterproofing and internal drainage once and for all, to both repair the Castle and protect it over the long term.
After considering many options, the Conservancy chose a geothermal system as the best possible solution for two main reasons: it’s sustainable, and the Belvedere’s position atop Vista Rock made it optimal for a geothermal approach. With zero emissions, it’s environmentally conscious and aligns with the Conservancy’s mission to implement green design.
While the Belvedere now boasts a brand new closed-loop geothermal system, you wouldn’t know it just by looking. All the action is underground—drilling rigs bored three 400-foot holes into Vista Rock, which now houses a piping system that uses the temperature of the earth to moderate the temperature of the Castle above.
At that great depth, the ground is consistently about 50-60 degrees. In the geothermal system, cool water moves down into the earth where it’s warmed and pumped back up to the building, and vice versa, depending on the season. A heat exchanger transfers the heat into the building’s air system—heating or cooling each room. The water recirculates through the ground so the process can be repeated.
The minimal equipment required to run the system enables a better experience for visitors who come to see firsthand how the Belvedere (Italian for “beautiful view”) got its name. Thanks to the comprehensive restoration of the Castle and the new geothermal system beneath its regal perch, the “beautiful view” has been preserved for generations to come.
Restoration and Maintenance
We completed several restoration projects in 2018—read more about our recent work and see before and after photos.
Restoration and MaintenanceOver the years, the Central Park Conservancy has been diligently monitoring the growth and location of harmful algal blooms in order to best inform the public and protect our visitors and wildlife.
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About the Conservancy
Central Park contains a variety of landscapes—from meadows to woodlands to gardens—and lawns are an important part of the mix.
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About the Conservancy
As we experience one of the busiest years in Central Park history, let’s work together to tend to the Park we need, and that in turn, needs us. Read this checklist before your next visit and help us keep the Park healthy this summer and for seasons to come.
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