East Meadow

The East Meadow is a spacious, rolling meadow off Fifth Avenue between 97th and 100th Streets. On pleasant days, Park visitors flock here for picnics, sunbathing, and games. Families also enjoy the meadow’s closeness to the East 96th Street Playground and Robert Bendheim Playground.

The East Meadow was originally intended to be an arboretum and still boasts some of the finest trees in Central Park. One magnificent American Elm, designated an official “Great Tree of New York,” is believed to date back to the 1800s.


East Side at 97th-100th Streets

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East Meadow closes during the winter season to allow the lawn to rest.