The Reservoir is home to one of Central Park's most iconic running routes. Bill Clinton, Madonna, and Jackie Kennedy Onassis — for whom the Reservoir was named in 1994 — have all jogged the surrounding 1.58-mile track. Countless others have opted for a slower stroll around this vast man-made lake, with a historic fountain as its center and a classic backdrop courtesy of the Upper West Side skyline.

When it was built in the 1860s, it was the world's largest man-made lake. At 40 feet deep with a billion-gallon capacity, the Reservoir is more than just a pretty landscape. It originally served as a backup to the Croton water system’s Receiving Reservoir. Every day, hundreds of millions of gallons flowed from the Croton Aqueduct through three gatehouses — one on the south end and two on the north end — which still stand today.

Though the Reservoir provided an ample supply at the time, it's speculated that a modern-day New York City would drain the Reservoir in just one day. In 1993 the Reservoir was retired as a water source though it remains a destination for New Yorkers and tourists alike.


Mid-Park at 86th-96th Streets

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