Harlem Meer

Harlem Meer

Located in the northern-most reach of the Park, Harlem Meer is a glimmering, man-made lake surrounded by majestic oak, bald cypress, beech, and ginko trees. Families flock to the Meer for catch-and-release fishing, skating and swimming at Lasker Rink and Pool, or to explore the nearby playgrounds. On the northern shore of the Meer stands the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, one of Central Park’s visitor centers.

Before Harlem became part of New York City in 1712, it was a bustling village that included the current upper regions of Central Park. The village included common grounds for cattle grazing, taverns for travelers to restore themselves, and the homes of Dutch families that traded fur and tobacco. The name “Meer” (the Dutch word for “lake”) was chosen by Central Park designers Olmsted and Vaux to commemorate this fascinating history.


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